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Dehydration Dangers

02 Jul 2019

As we enter the hot summer months, UGI reminds customers about the dangers of dehydration. Dehydration can be a problem all year long, but you need to drink even more water during the hot and humid summer months to help lower your body temperature and replace the fluids that you lose through sweating. UGI encourages customers to remain diligent about proper hydration throughout the summer. 

Girl with Water Bottle

Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than it takes in and does not have enough fluids to carry out its normal functions. Anyone can become dehydrated, but it is especially dangerous for young children and older adults. Dehydration can also lead to dangerous heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. 

Symptoms of dehydration include: 
  • Extreme thirst 
  • Infrequent urination and/or dark-colored urine 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Confusion 
  • Dry, sticky mouth 
  • Cool, dry skin 
  • Headache 
  • Muscle cramps 
Prevent dehydration

Thirst is not always a reliable indication of the body’s need for water in the early stages of dehydration. Many people do not feel thirsty until after they are already dehydrated. To prevent dehydration, drink at least 16 ounces of water per hour and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages that can cause dehydration. 

Safety is a core value at UGI. We take the time to be safe and to safeguard our employees and our community. For more safety tips, visit www.ugi.com/safety and follow UGI on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.