Safe Movement in the Heat
Spring is here and summer is on its way! It’s time to #OptOutside. When having fun in the sun be mindful of the potential for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, particularly when being active.
Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while being active this season:
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
Drink water before, during and after being active – even if you don’t feel thirsty.
AVOID DIRECT SUN!
Be active early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. If possible, stay in the shade or vary your activity by using the pool or other body of water. Always wear sunscreen and a hat, and avoid dark colored clothing.
DON'T OVERDO IT!
Go at your own pace. When it’s warm our bodies tend to loosen more easily; be aware of your intensity and work at a moderate level. If you feel weak, tired, dizzy or nauseous, stop activity immediately and get out of the heat!
TELL SOMEONE YOUR EXPECTED ROUTE OR ACTIVITY!
According to the CDC, about 600 people die each year from heat-related illness (heat exhaustion or heat stroke). Stay safe by letting someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back; better yet, go with a buddy! And always wear some form of identification.
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