Stay safe in the summer heat

Summer is upon us. As you get ready to enjoy the great outdoors, be careful not to overdo it. Hot weather can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, and other dangerous conditions. U.S. News & World Report warns of these signs that you may be overheating:

  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Profuse sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Decreased coordination

You should seek immediate help if you or someone near you starts exhibiting any of these symptoms. Before that happens, though, take these basic precautions:

  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Don’t forget a hat.
  • Stay hydrated. Women should consume about 2.7 liters of water a day, and men about 3. 7 liters.
  • Seek shelter from extreme heat.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in blazing heat.
  • Take a shower or bath, or a quick dip in a pool or lake.
  • Use air conditioning when possible, or at least turn on a fan to keep the air circulating.
  • Take frequent breaks whether working indoors or outside.

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