Summer Heat Dangers

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email
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With the heat index already topping one hundred degrees in some areas, the summer heat can be dangerous.

Extreme heat exposure can cause nausea, dizziness, or even slurred speech.

As we face one of the hottest weeks of the year, there are some things you should be aware of.

With the hottest temps of the year descending on and sticking to the people of Eastern Kentucky, hydration, and moderation should be on everyone's mind.

Heat illness can manifest itself with symptoms as minor as leg cramps, but can quickly escalate to problems as severe and unconsciousness or even death.

To protect yourself, try following these simple tips.

When working or exercising in the heat, be sure to drink eight to ten glasses of water or a sports drink every day.

Be sure to drink before, during and after exercising, because you're body continues to lose fluid even after to stop.

Don't drink caffeine-containing products like coffee and soda, and certainly try to minimize alcoholic beverages too.

Lastly, if you start to cramp up, or feel dizzy or lightheaded, take a break!

If you keep working in a hot environment, your body sweats, and if you don't replenish these fluids, not only the water, but also the sodium loss, then you can start to experience signs of heat exhaustion.

It's especially important to remember that children are especially prone to dehydration, because they have more body surface area per pound of weight.

So in these hot temperatures, it's especially important to keep an eye on them.

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