The population of California grows annually by leaps and bounds. Many newcomers will tell you the main reason for the move is the moderate weather. Yes, Californians are blessed with mild winters and low humidity, but that doesn’t mean things don’t get extremely hot in California.
Anywhere you see hot summers you can expect people to suffer from heat related illnesses. Californians are not exempt from this hazard and we’d like to teach all of our readers how to beat the heat no matter where you are!
Outdoor activities in hot weather and direct sun increase the risk of heat-related illness when overexposure occurs. When the air temperature is near or warmer than one’s normal body temperature, cooling of the body becomes more difficult. Blood circulated to the skin cannot lose its heat so sweating then becomes the main way the body cools down. But, sweating is only effective when the humidity level is low enough to allow evaporation, and if the fluids and salts that are lost are adequately replaced. If the body cannot get rid of excess heat, it will store it. When this happens, the body’s core temperature rises and the heart rate increases. As the body continues to store heat, the person could suffer from heat related illnesses such as heat rash, heat stroke, exhaustion, or cramps. Usually, when someone is effected by heat illness they begin to have difficulty focusing, may become irritable or sick, and often lose the desire to drink. The next stage is usually fainting and could even result in death without accurate care or if the person is not cooled down properly.
USE THIS CHART TO HELP IDENTIFY SYMPTOMS AND
LEARN WHAT ACTION TO TAKE:
Outdoor activities are safest when the heat index is <91°F and proper precautions are in place such as plenty of cool fluids available and an ice chest that also has ice packs ready to use. If activities cannot be avoided when the heat index is above 91°F be prepared with adequate amounts of fluids available for everyone who will be in the heat, make sure that everyone is dressed in light, breathable clothing and make sure there is a shaded or air-conditioned area everyone can escape to throughout the day.
Recently, we shared a blog about the importance of sun screen and some valuable tips. Be sure to read this blog also to be fully safe not only from heat illness but also the dangers of UV rays.
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