Heat Stroke is a serious condition that can take your life. It is important to know the warning signs and the proper First Aid treatment and strategies to administer in case this happens to you, your loved ones or even to random strangers. You see, individuals aged 65 and older are those who are more prone to this condition. Good thing that Heat stroke is predictable and preventable.
Follow these guidelines to keep yourself safe during the warm season:
1. Avoid staying outdoors in the heat of the day.
If possible, remain indoors during periods of extreme heat. Especially during mid-day hours. Run errands, exercise or work outdoors preferably before 10 am or after 6 pm when the temperature is a lot cooler.
2. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.
Because wearing layers of tight-fitting clothes prevents your body to cool down properly. Wearing light-colored clothes are helpful too because dark-colored fabric absorbs more heat. Stay away from the blacks, browns, dark blues, etc.
3. Stay in an air-conditioned environment.
If you don’t have air-conditioning at home, find an air-conditioned place like the mall, movie theatre, restaurants, cafes or public library.
4. Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty (more than usual if your doctor doesn’t restrict your fluids) of cool, non-alcoholic beverages to help your body maintain a normal body temperature.
5. Protect yourself from the sun.
When you are out and about, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses or use an umbrella. Also, never forget to apply sunscreen on your face and body.
6. Take cold showers or bath.
Taking a bath with cold water can definitely cool down your body which is a surefire way to prevent Heat Related illnesses.
7. Avoid strenuous activities.
Exerting too much energy during the warm weather can increase your risk of acquiring Heat Stroke. If you are into sports and fitness, it’s best to do your favorite activities indoors and/or early in the morning or after sunset.