Stay Cool: Dehydration and Heat Stroke Tips and Warnings

Stay Cool: Dehydration and Heat Stroke tips and warnings

Summer is right around the corner and that means that so many of us will be heading off to the beach or even taking the time out of our day to take a nice run in the sun. One of the things that you need to be sure of before you head out into the blazing heat is how to prevent dehydration and heat stroke. There are plenty of precautions that you can take in order to make sure that you’re staying safe in the midst of the hot weather and we’re here to give you some of the most important ones.

  • Drink fluids 30 minutes before an activity begins.
  • Make sure to take breaks 15-20 minutes between what you are doing in order to take in fluids.
  • Don’t just drink fluids before, but drink them after the activity is finished.
  • The color of urine can be determined to tell how hydrated you are. Light like lemonade usually means that you are hydrated and dark like apple juice tends to mean that you are dehydrated.

What should you do if dehydration or heat stroke is suspected?

  • Hydration should take place immediately. Depending on the severity of the situation make sure to contact 911.
  • Make sure you are in a cool area and cool the body with water.
  • Drink something cold such as a sports drink. If unable to, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Raise your legs 8-12 inches.
  • Remove any equipment or excess clothing.
  • Obtain medical clearance prior to returning to any physical activity.

These are some tips and warnings to make sure that you are taking into consideration this summer. Temperatures get up there and you want to make sure that you are prepared for anything. Not just for you, but for your spouse or even your children. Don’t head out without being appropriately dressed and taking a few drinks with you to stay hydrated!