Okay, we know we’re still technically in Spring, but it sure feels like Summer here in Houston, Texas. With temperatures climbing and outdoor events starting back up, be sure you’re prepared for the heat with these hot weather safety tips.
- Stay hydrated! Before you head outdoors, be sure to consume at least 16 ounces of fluids, preferably water or an electrolyte beverage. While out, you should be drinking 5-7 ounces every hour.
- Along the same lines, don’t drink dehydrating beverages. Coffee lovers, we’re talking to you! We know how delicious and energizing a cup of coffee can be, but don’t make it your go-to outdoor drink (and no, iced coffee isn’t better). The same goes for alcohol, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks, which are all diuretics.
- Wear the right clothes. Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes are best for heat protection.
- If you’ll be out all day, schedule shade or air-conditioning breaks.
- Carry an ice pack or wet rag. You can wear it around your neck to keep cool.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen! Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours to prevent sunburn. Also, consider wearing lightweight long-sleeves and a hat to minimize sun exposure.
- Know the signs of heatstroke. When our body temperature reaches dangerous levels, heatstroke may occur. Some signs of heatstroke include:
- Slurred speech
- Excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Fast breathing or pulse
We hope these tips keep you safe while you enjoy time outdoors this Spring (and Summer)!