With temperatures reaching the 100 degree mark it is very important to make sure you are weather prepared. While many people make sure to have necessary supplies before heading out into a winter storm, many people do not take the same precautions during a summer heat wave. Heat exhaustion is a very common health risk during high temperature times like we are going to see in North Texas this week and it can lead to worse medical emergencies including heat stroke and death.
As the temperatures continue to climb here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and the ones you love.
1. Make sure you stay plenty hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to help regulate your core temperature and deter heat related ailments. However some studies suggest that overhydrating can cause adverse problems so try to drink around 8 ounces of water per hour. If you are out in the heat directly you can safely drink 12 to 16 ounces per hour.
2. Avoid overexposure to the sun! If you are outdoors try to stay in shaded areas as much as possible and if you cannot avoid direct sun then cover yourself with a large brimmed hat or some other form of solar shade.
3. When hitting the road for a drive take a few bottles of water with you and a blanket. Vehicles can suffer in the heat as well, broken belts or hoses, electrical issues, overheating. These are just a few of the things that can cause your car to break down on the side of the road, and in many instances you will be stuck without power to run your air conditioning or even roll down your windows. The water and blanket can come in handy in the event of a vehicle break down. You can drink the water, or use it to fill the coolant reservoir on your car, and the blanket can be used as an impromptu sunshade off the side of the road.
4. Pets, Children and Elderly all stand an increased chance of health emergencies in high heat conditions Bring your pets indoors or make sure they have a cool shaded area to be under and leave them plenty of water to drink. Children and Elderly should avoid the outdoors as much as possible, if they must be out in the heat take drastic measures to make sure they remain cool and hydrated.
There are many things that can easily be done to protect yourself and your loved ones during heat waves, these are just a few. If you have any added heat tips let us know in the comments.