Summer heat waves have the ability to take your to you knees if you aren’t prepared when you go outside. It would be nice if everyone could stay indoors in the cool air conditioning when one occurs. For most people, that is not an option. We all have to go out of the house at times. If there is a heat wave, you have to be ready to take a few precautions to make sure you don’t get ill or even die.
Precautions to take when there is a summer weather heat wave:
Hyrdration- Drink a lot of water when you are going to be outside in the heat. A heat wave means that you will need to drink even more water than usual. Keeping yourself well hydrated during heat wave weather is essential to your health. Carry extra supplies of water with you in case you are gone longer than you think you will be gone.
Limit Time Outside- Don’t spend long periods of time outside. Try to limit your outside time to 15 minutes or less. This will keep you from becoming too dehydrated or to be overcome with heat. Save yard work for when the weather changes to a cooler temperature. When temperatures are soaring, you need to worry about yourself and your health.
Hiking/Playing/Working Outdoors- Do not hike, play, walk or work outdoors when there is a heat wave in effect. It is very dangerous for you to do activities outside when the temperatures go far above anything a human can endure while being physically active. You are far better off to stay away from these outdoor activities so that you can avoid becoming a victim of the summer heat.
Swimming- It is alright to go swimming during summer heat wave weather. You should still use precautions to keep yourself well hydrated. Even though water surrounds your body while you are swimming, that doesn’t hydrate your body. Remember to get out of the pool every now and then to take a drink of water. Swimming will at least keep your body cool but you still need to worry about sunburn.
Sun Block- Make sure that you put sun block on before going out in the summer heat. You are in more danger of burning your skin when a heat wave is declared than at other times. Follow the same precautions as you would in normal hot weather, but go an extra step by reapplying more often.
Drinking Alcohol- Do not drink alcohol outside when there is a heat wave. Alcohol has a tendency to dry things up rather than hydrate them. You will be in danger of getting drunk much faster if there is a heat wave and you run the risk of getting extremely ill even with a small intake of alcohol into your body.
Car- Cars get much hotter than other places because they are closed off with no air circulation at all when someone isn’t in them. Make sure that you lock your doors so that children can’t climb inside to play and get stuck there. Children die quickly when they are overcome by the heat in a car. Before going anywhere in your car during a heat wave period this summer, start the car several minutes ahead of time to cool the vehicle down before getting into it. Keep an extra supply of water with you during extremely hot weather hits this summer. You never know when something might happen and you may need to keep hydrated until help reaches you. Keep your car in good repair so there is less likelihood that you will break down along the road.
Keeping safe during summer heat wave weather is essential. Take the above precautions to help get your through the heat wave weather. Heat wave weather can last for several weeks but rarely lasts the entire summer. Until there is relief, take care of yourself and your family to ensure they stay healthy.