Summer is here and it has made its presence known with the rising heat indexes. In order to help cope with the high temperatures, Hamilton Memorial Hospital is offering its air conditioned facilities and cold water to folks that need a place to take a break.
Heat exhaustion and dehydration can strike at any time while participating in activities outside and even inside during the hot summer months. Symptoms for heat-related illnesses include: excessive thirst, headache, nausea & vomiting, dizziness, rapid heart rate, weakness, loss of consciousness, muscle cramps, confusion and fatigue.
Here are a few tips on how to stay safe with this summer’s early high temperatures:
- Stay inside during the hottest hours of the day
- Dress in lightly colored clothing
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Keep blinds or curtains closed
- NEVER leave a person or pet in a car in hot conditions
- Move your exercise routine to early morning or evening
- Properly supervise children when playing outside
- Check on elderly friends and family
- Wear and re-apply sunblock
If you or someone you know is struggling with the rising temperatures, seek medical attention immediately. Summer heat can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Being prepared and knowing your limitations are helpful ways to stay healthy this summer. For questions and concerns, contact your primary healthcare provider.