Several North American cities have experienced and are experiencing heat waves this summer. Heat records are being broken already. Extreme weather events are more frequent, longer, and intense. Avoid heat-related illnesses and death by following these summer safety tips from Paul Davis. The elderly and children are particularly vulnerable, but anyone can be at risk. Be prepared to make this happy season a successful one.

• Drink fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
• Eat fruits and vegetables containing lots of water such as watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, peaches, eggplants, and spinach.
• Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat.
• Wear sunscreen
• Take extra breaks
• Slowly increase the time spent outside so your body gets used to the heat.
• Watch out for other people presenting signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
• Seek the shade and air conditioning.

When exposed to intense heat, our body sweats to regulate its temperature. This summer, we can expect a lot of sweating from those days of intense heat. Be prepared and safe!

Source: National Safety Council