person walking in the shade

11 July 2019 0 Comments Category: Article Archives

How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

Stay cool this summer.  

The summer is here and that means temperatures are rising. Although this creates the perfect opportunity to get out in the sun and enjoy time with the family, it’s important to remember that the risk of heat-related illness remains very real. Even on mildly warm days, people can become ill from heat exhaustion. Keep yourself and your family safe this season by preventing heat-related illness.

Stay Cool

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible to keep your body temperature cool
  • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home
  • If you do go outside, stay in the shade
  • Avoid going outside during the hottest parts of the day
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat
  • Wear sunscreen – Apply 15 minutes before heading outside to allow it take effect
  • Never ever leave pets or children in parked cars

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids like water and juice
  • Avoid drinking sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated drinks
  • A sports drink can help to replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave the bowl in a shady area

Stay in the Know

  • Check for weather updates to learn about extreme heat alerts
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses (high temperature, nausea, blisters on the skin, headaches, and more)
  • Keep an eye on those who are at high risk, namely infants, those 65+, people who are overweight, and people who are physically ill or on medication

We hope that these tips help you and your family to avoid heat-related illnesses this summer. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the industry professionals at Massive Insurance, serving California, Texas, and Florida with reliable insurance.