Though the fun-filled Independence Day is now behind us, the extremely hot temperature it brings certainly remains. Across the U.S., we’ve seen steady temperatures of near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That heat might be enjoyable during holidays when you’re on the boat or swimming in the pool, but during the rest of the summer, it’s actually quite dangerous.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, heat stroke can occur when an individual’s body temperature reaches 104 degrees. At that point, the body cannot properly regulate temperature on its own. That’s why it’s imperative that everyone, no matter where you’re located, is fully aware of how to stay safe during periods of intense heat.
Here are some great tips to stay healthy and happy this summer:
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen — It might sound obvious but it cannot be overstated during periods of intense heat waves. You need to apply sunscreen any time you’re going outside. Even if you think it’s only going to be a few minutes, since the sun’s rays can be so blistering, you need to make sure you’re protected. Additionally, it’s best to reapply sunscreen every 30 minutes to an hour.
- Find shade — Even if you are covered in SPF 100 sunscreen, you should still find shade outside if it’s available. Too much sun can have serious and potentially even fatal consequences, so make sure you’re relaxing in the shade at least for a little while.
- Stay hydrated — The worst thing you can do during these brutally hot days is not drink water or eat food. Whether you’re working outside or just having fun at a family party, try to get inside for regular water breaks in order to stay hydrated. Additionally, make sure you’re eating throughout the day as well in order to keep your energy levels up.
- Visit a health clinic during signs of heat stroke — If you at all believe that you or anyone in your family has suffered a heat stroke, or are showing signs of heat-related issues, you need to get help right away. Health clinics and urgent care centers can quickly identify and alleviate any dangerous heat-related warning signs.
If you want to learn more about staying cool and health during these brutal heat waves, or visit an experienced health clinic, give Island Urgent Care a call today.