Summer is finally in full swing and with that hot weather comes the important reminder that this month is Heat Safety Awareness Month. Dehydration can have numerous effects on the body, such as drowsiness, vomiting, headache, and loss of consciousness.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both serious heat-related illnesses to avoid. Without proper intervention, both can lead to death.

Remember that drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated this summer - many summer foods, such as watermelons, are filled with water.

Be sure to beat the heat this summer, and remember these four HEAT tips to stay hydrated from the National Weather Service.

 

  • 1

    Hydrate

    H stands for – Hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water, that’s no surprise. The common rule is to drink 6-8 eight ounce glasses per day, and that number should only go up during the summer months.

  • 2

    Educate

    E - Educate! Know what the temperature is in your local area. With it being summer, you can almost always expect it to be hot outside. However, it's still important to plan accordingly, with plenty of water and other items to protect you from the sun, such as sunscreen and a hat.

  • 3

    Act

    A – Act! Know the symptoms of a heat illness. Get help if someone you see is experiencing rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea or confusion.  More serious cases can involve a loss of consciousness and damage to the internal organs.

  • 4

    Take it Easy!

    And lastly – Take it Easy! Be sure to not overexert yourself while in the heat. Be sure to take breaks in the shade when out in the sun for long periods of time. While you enjoy the rays this summer, be sure you know how to beat the heat!