Surviving the heat: Tips from Story County Public Health
With temperatures expected to rise near or above 90 degrees beginning today and lasting through the weekend STORY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH would like to remind people to stay cool.
People may go to malls, libraries and other public places during the day to stay cool if they do not have proper cooling systems.
Drink water/fluids even if you are not thirsty.
“People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Although people with cardiac and other medical problems are especially at risk, even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.” To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:
· Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
· If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks and special rehydration fluids.
· Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
· Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
· Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
· Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
· Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness
· Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even for a minute.