How to Stay Safe During a Heatwave
We’re entering the hottest part of the year, so let’s take the time to chat about staying safe during a heatwave. Heatwaves can be an extremely dangerous situation if you aren’t well-prepared. Sometimes, toughing it out during a heatwave just won’t cut it, especially for children and folks over 65.
While this may be obvious, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to stay safe during a heatwave, but sometimes it is overlooked. If you’re drinking because you’re thirsty, you may already be facing hydration. Our bodies need to have plenty of fluids when the heat gets high outside, so it’s a good idea to keep a water bottle around, even if you’re out and about.
Dress for comfort
It’s During a heatwave, wearing loose, lightweight clothing is your best bet in keeping your body cool. Try wearing lighter-colored clothing, as darker clothes will absorb heat more.
Stay inside as much as possible
Staying inside an air-conditioned building is obviously ideal during a heatwave, but not everyone has access to AC in their homes. You can always make your way to public facilities, like libraries or even city designated cooling centers during a heatwave.
If you have to do something outside, you should be aware of when are where you’ll be. Try planning any outdoor events during the morning or evenings, before it warms up too much. If you’re out in the middle of the day, be sure to have readily accessible shaded areas for you to cool down. If you’re working outside, be sure to take as many breaks as possible to pace yourself, and be conscious of pacing yourself if you feel confused, dizzy, or weak.
Know the signs of a heat-related illness
Heat-related illnesses can be extremely dangerous if not immediately checked. According to the CDC, this includes heat stroke and exhaustion. Symptoms of these include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, heavy sweating, clammy skin, and/or a fast, slow pulse. If you or anyone around you is experiencing these symptoms, you need to get in a cooler area and drink and you may need to consult a doctor if symptoms worsen.