Yard Work in the Summer: 3 Tips to Avoid Heat Stroke
By Virginia Laird
With summer here, the battle of the heat is a shock to no one. While many may struggle to figure out how to enjoy yard work in such heat, experts advise it can be done with a few tweaks to your routine. Rather than waiting until the middle of the day to get your outdoor chores done, during summer it is vital to complete this first thing in the morning or later in the evening. No matter which you prefer, there is still a need to stay in tune to your body to ensure you avoid falling victim to heat stroke. A few tips to remember when trying to prevent this from happening include:
- Stay hydrated
- Take breaks from the outdoors
- Know the warning signs
No matter what you may be doing outside, it is best to stay hydrated. This means consciously making an effort to drink enough water. Research suggest it is best to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily. For those who are not fans of plain water, this can prove to be a struggle. If this describes you, it may be wise to look for a flavored water which you can enjoy.
Take Breaks from the Outdoors
While working in the yard, or simply spending time in the heat, it is best to take some breaks from the scorching heat that summer can be. During these breaks, health and wellness experts advise it is best to go inside or find some shade. This is also a great time to grab a drink. Taking plenty of breaks from the heat can be a factor in preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, from making an appearance.
Know the Warning Signs
Although it may sound strange, knowing the warning signs can be instrumental in preventing heat stroke. Recognizing when your body has had too much heat can help you know when it is necessary to take a break, get a drink, etc. A few signs of heat stroke to be familiar with if you plan on working outdoors this summer include:
- Rapid pulse
- Trouble breathing
- Increased body temperature
- Lack of sweat
If you begin to show signs of any of these symptoms, seek help immediately. Heat-related illnesses can be fatal and should be taken seriously.
Hopefully, you are now armed with the knowledge needed to make your time in the yard productive and without illness.
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