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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Heat Requires Precaution

Our good friend, Jack, was overcome by the heat yesterday. He builds homes and was out in the bright sun and humid temperatures. With no relief of a breeze, his body began to protest. Luckily his son noticed that his dad was looking bad and got him to a cool place. Jack was feeling shaken as of last evening.

We should all take precautions in these high temperatures. The CDC lists the following suggestions for keeping cool in extreme heat.

• Drink lots of fluids. If you are exercising in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16 to 32 ounces) of cool fluids every hour. But pass on the alcohol and sugary refreshments.
• You lose important salt and minerals during heavy sweating, which should be restored. Sports beverages can replace your salt and minerals.
• Opt for lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting attire. Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going out.
• Limit outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Stay in an air-conditioned place if possible.
• Certain people are at high risk during heat waves, such children up to 4 years of age and adults 65 or older. Children should not be left in cars unattended. (I want to add that pets should not be left in cars unattended).