Stay Summer Safe: Prevent Heat Stress
22 Jun 2017
Summer is the best time of year for fun in the sun. As the days become longer and the temperatures rise, many people head outdoors. Unfortunately, when the sun is accompanied by extreme heat, too much sun can become dangerous.
As you enjoy your time in the sun this summer, UGI reminds residents to be aware of the dangers of extreme heat and sun exposure. Dehydration and heat stress are serious conditions caused by exposure to excessive heat.
What are dehydration and heat stress?
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than it intakes. While anyone may become dehydrated, it is especially dangerous for young children and older adults. Heat stress is caused by rising body temperatures due to extended heat exposure, dehydration, and Heat Stroke occurs when your body endures prolonged exposure to extreme heat and stress. ,
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and this helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool.
- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that more difficult.
- Older adults and people with chronic health problems should stay indoors and in the coolest available place.