HOT & HUMID – Stay Hydrated




Stay HYDRATED in HOT & HUMID Weather

Everyone is at risk for Heat related illnesses, such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, but these ailments can be avoided by staying hydrated.  Here are some tips for preventing heat related illnesses:

Move activities and exercise routine indoors to an air conditioned space

DRINK lots of water – before, during and after activities and exercise

When outdoors, wear loose fitting clothing to allow air to circulate and sun protection

Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure – wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and take frequent breaks in the shade

Drink cool water, rather than ice cold, as the body absorbs cool water faster

Stay wet to keep cool, and to cool down

SWEATING – How it works and why it’s important

Especially in humid conditions, because sweat takes longer to evaporate from the skin, the body sweats even more in an attempt to cool itself.  It is essential to replenish the water lost through sweating to avoid dehydration.  In addition, during exercise, water is lost from the bloodstream through sweat, and the body takes fluids from its tissues or uses fluids that you drink before and during exercise.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms and Actions

Heavy Sweating


Muscle Cramps

Dry Tongue and Thirst





Nausea or Vomiting


Move victim to a cool place and out of the sun.  Remove any extra clothing and give fluids – water or sports drinks to replenish body fluids.  If there is no improvement after an hour, seek medical assistance.

Heat Stroke – Symptoms and Actions      CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY

Body Temp of 103 degrees or higher

Red, Hot, Dry Skin – no sweating

Rapid Heartbeat

Severe Headache





With Heat Stroke, the body’s cooling system has been overwhelmed by heat and dehydration, so immediate medical attention is necessary.  While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, get the person to a cool place and out of the sun.  Apply cool sheets or ice packs or place the person in a cool tub of water.  Offer the victim cool water to drink.


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