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Hot tips to prevent heatstroke

By Emily Farris 9.12.13

We all love spending time outdoors, but if you’re not careful, spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous.

There are many precautions you can take to avoid suffering heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke, including utilizing air conditioning, increasing fluid intake, dressing appropriately, and staying informed.

Heat stroke prevention tips

  • Use air conditioning. On hot days, it’s important to split your time between air-conditioned and un-air conditioned areas. It’s easy to lose track of time while enjoying the outdoors, so be sure to set a timer to remind yourself to take a break from the heat.
  • Increase fluid intake. When spending time in extreme heat, it’s important to drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of your activity level. Most experts recommend drinking one to two liters of water when outside in the heat and four liters if you’re participating in strenuous activity.
  • Dress appropriately. Dress in lightweight, light colored, and loose fitting clothes when spending extra time outside. Sunscreen is also a must.
  • Stay informed. Always tune in to your local weather channel during extreme heat conditions. Be informed of the weather conditions and take the proper precautions.

What if someone has heatstroke?

The most common signs of heatstroke are high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red and dry skin (no sweating), throbbing headaches, dizziness, and confusion.

If someone around you suffers from heatstroke, get him or her to a shady area, cool the victim as quickly as possible with methods such as a cold bath, do not give the victim fluids unless you have verified that it is okay to do so with a medical professional (it is generally not advised), and get medical assistance as quickly as possible.