How can one prevent heat exhaustion?
You can take several precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.
When temperatures rise, remember to:
• Wear light, loose-fitting clothes. Excessive clothes or clothing that is too tight will prevent your body from cooling appropriately.
• Sunburn prevention. Sunburn impairs your body’s capacity to cool itself, so wear a broad hat and sunglasses when you’re outside and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
• Stay hydrated by drinking more water. Staying hydrated will help in the generation of sweat as well as the maintenance of a healthy body temperature.
• Never leave anyone unattended in a parked vehicle. In children, this is a prevalent cause of heat-related mortality. In just ten minutes, the temperature in your automobile may climb by 20 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 11 degrees Celsius) when parked in the sun. Even if the windows are open or the car is in the shade, it is not safe to leave a person in a parked automobile in hot or humid weather.
• Take it easy during the day’s brightest hours. If you can’t avoid vigorous activities in the heat, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in a cool spot. Exercise or physical labor should be undertaken at cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening.
• Get used to it. Limit the time you end up working or exercising in the heat until you’ve gotten used to it. Heat-related illness is much more common among people who are not accustomed to hot conditions. Your body may take a few weeks to acclimatize to warm conditions.
• Be cautious if you’re at a higher risk. Avoid the heat and take immediate action if you notice overheating symptoms, especially when you’ve had one of these before.