Are You Ready for Summer Fun? You may say, “You bet! Vacation, here I come!” But apart from thinking about where to go and what to pack, things happen in summertime that we don’t otherwise consider. Here are some Summer Health Safety Tips.Staying Hydrated. If you’re going somewhere sunny and hot this summer, my four words for you are: drink water, water, water. People don’t often realize how quickly the body starts dehydrating when out in the sun.
For example, in Las Vegas or the nearby Grand Canyon, a typical summer day can reach over 106°, with very little humidity. This dry heat beats down on the ground and radiates back up in waves of oven-hot heat. It can literally begin “baking” you from the inside out. In this type of heat, or even a more humid climate while exerting lots of energy, it’s easy for dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke to occur in just several hours.
Avoid caffeinated and carbonated drinks, fruit juices and alcohol! They will make you thirstier and actually contribute to bodily water loss. Water is your best source for summer thirst, with sugar-free electrolyte sports drinks next.
But by the time you even feel thirsty, the body has already lost 2% of its fluid! Signs of early to mild dehydration can be:
- flushed face, dry warm skin or cool skin with goose bumps
- urine is in reduced amounts or dark yellow
- dizziness, especially when standing
- weakness, cramps in arms and/or legs, hard to exercise
- sleepy or irritable
- sudden throbbing headache, unwell feeling (nausea, etc)
- dry mouth/tongue with thickened saliva
- loss of appetite
- increased heartbeat
- children may cry with few or no tears
How much water should you drink? Each person is different, but 2-3 large cups per hour, more if vigorously exercising, should do the trick.
Choking’s no joke
At picnics, barbeques and other social settings, we tend to talk and laugh while eating, or allow children to run around while they’re gulping a hot dog. According to the Red Cross, these are among the six most common reasons for choking! If a person approaches you and they are clutching their throat, cannot cough or talk, or their face changes to pallor or blue, this is a sure sign it’s time for the Heimlich maneuver.
Seek out classes at your local community center or fire station in Heimlich maneuver; or choose water rescue if you’re going to a remote summer spot without life guards.