Summer is here, which means lots of fun in the sun. Nevertheless, the weather can get extremely hot and quickly go from fun to dangerous, especially for people working outside.
Here are some small tips for the summer hot weather:
- Avoid the Heat. Stay out of the heat and indoors as much as possible. Spend time in an air conditioned space. Only two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
- Dress for the heat. Lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature. Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
- Drink FOR the Heat. Drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you don't feel thirsty. Even under moderately strenuous outdoor activity, the rate your body can absorb fluids is less than the rate it loses water due to perspiration.
- Eat for the Heat. Eat small meals more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein because they increase metabolic heat.
- Living in the Heat. Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities such as running, biking and lawn care work when it heats up. The best times for such activities are during early morning and late evening hours.
- Learn the symptoms of heat disorders and know how to give first aid.
- Do not leave children in a closed vehicle, even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140°F-190°F degrees within 30 minutes on a hot, sunny day.
- When outdoors, protect small children from the sun, their skin is sensitive.