When temperatures start to increase, it is important that you and your family are well prepared to prevent the negative effects of extreme heat – heat exhaustion. Taking these simple steps before a heat wave strikes, can help keep you and your family safe.
Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for extreme heat and prevent heat exhaustion.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important ways to prevent heat-related illness. The average person needs to drink three-quarters of a gallon to a gallon of fluids daily. If you are on certain medications or have certain medical conditions, it may be necessary to drink more water. Consult your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
- Eat snacks and meals throughout the day to maintain electrolyte levels and replace salt lost from sweating.
- Refrain from drinking caffeinated, sugary and alcoholic drinks.