September 03, 2013

Avoiding Sunstrokes

Warmer weather is just around the corner. Along with the fun of outdoor activities come some dangers, too. Among those dangers is sunstroke, also called heat stroke. To protect you and your loved ones from this hazard, keep these tips in mind this summer. Remember to drink plenty of fluids on warm days or when your activity level is up. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate you. Wear light colored, loose clothing and wear a hat in direct sunlight. If you do find that you are experiencing symptoms of heat stroke, get help immediately. Symptoms of sunstroke include dizziness, fatigue, headache, and rapid pulse and breathing. This eventually progresses to an elevated body temperature, lack of sweating, confusion, and can lead to shock.