Dangerous: 3 Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness
By Virginia Laird
August in Texas can be unbearable, as it is historically the hottest month of the year. While many Texans are versed in recognizing and dealing with heat related illnesses, the best thing to do is attempt to prevent the onset. There is certainly a lengthy list of things that can be done to help prevent these issues. Here are a few tips that can be applied immediately:
- Get used to the climate slowly
- Take breaks often
- Try to refrain from being out in the heat of the day
Get Used to the Climate Slowly
In Texas during the month of August, almost everyone is preparing (in some way) to enjoy football. Keep in mind that it is still hot outside. For the many who have been couch potatoes all summer, it is important to slowly add outside time. Jumping right out into the heat can lead to serious health problems. It does not matter if the person is a spectator or an athlete, no one can go from being in the AC all day to being exposed to brutal heat for hours on end without slowly introducing the heat to the body.
Take Breaks Often
When in the heat, taking breaks often can help prevent heat-related illnesses. One of the most common mistakes many people make is trying to do too much at a time. Heat-related illnesses can set in within a matter of a few minutes. Just because a person does not feel thirsty, tired, or overexerted does not mean the body is capable of continuing in high heat and humidity.
Try to Refrain from Being Out in the Heat of the Day
One of the worst thing a person can do is be out during the heat of the day to get outdoor chores accomplished. This is the time to stay in the shade, or preferably, indoors. Although some would rather sleep in during the summer months, it is actually the early morning that is the best time to accomplish outdoor chores and activities.
The heat can take its toll on the body. Without ever having exerted too much energy, after spending as little as an hour in the heat, the body may be noticeably tired and drained. Never try to do more than your body is ready to do, especially in the brutal heat. Preventing heat-related illnesses by being smarter than the heat is the best option.
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