VA Black Hills Health Care System
Beat the Heat
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Here are some tips for avoiding heat-related health problems:
- People and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine or large amounts of sugar. These can pull fluid from the body and contribute to dehydration.
- Drink even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- If you’re being active (sports, exercising, etc) drink before, during, and after. A common recommendation is 8-12 ounces every 15-20 minutes.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat. These will keep the body cooler and help the body lose less fluid through sweating.
- Limit outdoor activities to the cooler morning and evening hours. It is especially important for athletes who are playing or practicing outdoors to remain hydrated.
- The people most at risk are those 65 years of age or older. You can help protect your elderly neighbors by checking on them during a heat wave.
- Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you are outside.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection
- Wear a broad brimmed hat
- Don’t forget the bug spray if you're outside. It is mosquito (and West Nile Virus) season!