- Post Date: 08/11/2015
Many of us look forward to summertime and all the outdoor activities and fun that come along with it. Whether you are working or playing this summer, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the heat and sun. Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion/stroke, sun poisoning and bug bite reactions are a key part in keeping yourself safe.
Here are some safety tips while at work and play:
- Always dress in light colors and lightweight clothing. Darker fabrics attract and absorb the sun’s heat. Also, wear looser fitting clothes to help better air flow.
- Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, preferably water not sugary drinks.
- Wear sunblock, sunglasses and hats when outside if possible.
- Use bug spray.
- Take breaks throughout the day to help allow your body to recover from the heat.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
Very sweaty, feeling weak, tired, nauseous, clammy skin, vomiting or fainting.
If this occurs, seek a cooler place to rest and drink lots of clear fluids. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
Signs of Heat Stroke:
Confusion or delirium, fainting, seizures, elevated body temperature and vomiting.
Call 911, seek out a cool place, soak in cool water or fan vigorously.
Signs of Sun Poisoning:
- Skin redness/blistering
- Mild headache/Fatigue
Sun poisoning symptoms can range from mild to very severe. Anyone experiencing dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting should seek medical attention immediately.
Signs of Bug Bite Reactions:
- Pain and redness that persists for up to a week
Signs of Allergic Reactions:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of lips,tongue or throat
Allergic reactions to insect bites can be very serious. Anyone experiencing these symptons should seek medical attention immediately.
Let’s keep the remainder of summer safe and fun by practicing these tips daily and knowing the danger signs!