Summer months in the D.C. metropolitan area mean outdoor activities and HEAT! While the excessive heat can be uncomfortable, it can also be unsafe. The good news is that most heat-related illness can be prevented. Those populations most susceptible to heat-related illnesses are infants and toddlers, the elderly, people working in a hot environment, and individuals with chronic illnesses. However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather without taking proper precautions.
EXTREME HEAT PRECAUTIONS
-Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella.
-Frequently apply sunscreen with a SPF 15 or more.
-Drink plenty of water before starting an outdoor activity and drink extra water throughout the day.
-Avoid beverages that contain caffeine (such as tea, coffee, and cola) or alcohol.
-Schedule vigorous outdoor activities for cooler times of the day: before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- During an outdoor activity, take frequent breaks. Drink water or other fluids every 15 to 20 minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty.
-Monitor high-risk individuals including infants, children, and people over 65 years old.
Make sure you're drinking water and taking precautions during the hot summer temperatures.