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Beating The Scorching Heat In The SunCity!!

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Surviving 100+ degree weather!

Stay indoors if at all possible.

If you must be outside use the following:

Ice Cold Drinking Water (freeze before)

Misting Spray Bottle

Use Sunblock

Wear lose, cool clothing

Water will be your best friend in the summer time. Avoid caffeine or sugary drinks like soda …what you need is water and plenty of it!

Be aware to the signs that you may be getting dehydrated. Usually, thirst is the last of the signs to appear, so drink plenty of water.

Unfortunately, our city is not prepared for the overwhelming heat. We don’t have shades at most bus stops across the city, water fountains or even misters that can provide a brief cooling relief.

You may want to also know the difference between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion…

Heat Exhaustion comes from dehydration and can lead to the potentially fatal heat stroke. When you get too hot the body’s reaction is to sweat for temperature control. If you don’t replenish lost fluids properly it can lead to more extreme heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Thirst
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pale moist cool skin
  • Rapid breathing, panting
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Profuse sweating
  • Muscle cramps

Heat Stroke is where the body’s ability to cool itself by sweating is shut down. The body overheats and your body won’t function without a proper cooling system. Heat stroke can be fatal, and in extreme cases can cause a person to slip into a coma if not treated speedily.

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Dry hot red skin
  • Confusion
  • No longer sweating
  • Fainting
  • Rapid but shallow breathing
  • Rapid but weak pulse
  • Seizures

Take precautions if you will be outdoors especially with children or the elderly. Over exposure to the sun and heat can lead to serious problems so be aware and have a safe summer!

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