Tips: How to Prepare for the Warm Weather

Posted on  05/22/2013 11:10 am

As the season changes from spring to summer, temperatures will begin to rise, and it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, injuries or emergencies.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to extreme heat can lead to: heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat-related illness may include fatigue, nausea, headaches, muscle aches and cramps, weakness, fainting and dizziness in addition to other possible symptoms.

You can protect yourself in extreme heat by:

  • Staying out of direct sunlight
  • Wearing light and loose-fitting clothing
  • Wearing a hat and UV-rated eye protection
  • Applying SPF sun block
  • Avoiding over exertion and excessive activity
  • Avoiding exercise during the hottest part of the day (typically from 12:00pm-2:00pm)
  • Staying hydrated- drinking at least 8oz. of water per day and more if you are exercising and working up a sweat.

For more information about how to prepare for the heat and prevent heat-related illnesses please refer visit: www.WilmingtonDE.gov/government/heat.