Heat Injury Prevention: 5 Tips To Stay Cool This Summer
Summer is here again and temperatures are climbing! Simple tasks like walking to your car start feeling like a pilgrimage through the desert. Unfortunately, heat waves are common across the United States during this time of year. You may not realize it, but extreme heat results in hundreds of fatalities each year. However, these heat-related deaths are preventable! Here are five tips to help protect you and your family from heat-related death/injury this summer:
1. Check Your Vehicle
Check your backseat before you lock your car to ensure your children or pets are not left inside the car.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration, and avoid drinks with caffeine as they can cause dehydration.
3. Dress Light
When outside, wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Avoid wearing dark colors as they absorb the sun’s heat which can lead to overheating.
4. Stay In The Shade
Try to plan strenuous activities during the coolest parts of the day. If you have to work in extreme heat, take frequent water breaks to ensure hydration.
5. Protect Your Skin
Wear sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun. It can be easy to forget that layer of sunscreen, but during this time of the year, it’s crucial for your protection.
Heat waves increase your risk of heat stroke, so it’s important to follow the aforementioned tips to reduce your heat stroke risk. If left untreated, heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, and kidneys. The longer you wait for treatment, the more severe the damage will be.
If you’re worried that someone you love may be at risk for heat stroke, an MRI can be used to diagnose heatstroke. For all your MRI imaging needs, Carlsbad Open MRI provides open MRI technology that provides clear images without enclosing you in a small space. You can schedule an appointment online today!