Staying safe in the heat

Mohammad Hakim, News Reporter

With summer right around the corner, it is important to remember to stay safe. Summer usually entails very hot days and lots of other surprises. Here are some ways to stay safe in the heat.

When people go outside, they should be sure to always were sunscreen. It is important to have protection from the sun so that people do not get sun burned or melanoma. In addition to wearing sunscreen, people should also consider wearing clothes that have sleeves and are a lighter color. White is always a good color to wear when it is sunny because the sun in not drawn to it.

Another important thing to keep in mind during the summer is to stay hydrated. Water is major is major key. If someone becomes dehydrated, they may experience things such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Some indicators of heat exhaustion include:

Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
Heavy sweating
Some symptoms of heat stroke include:

Hot, red skin which may be dry or moist.
Changes in consciousness.
Vomiting and high body temperature.
It is important to take action if someone is experiences symptoms of either heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Some things that a bystander could do in the event of a heat related emergency include moving the person into a cooler place, giving them water, or in the event of an extreme emergency, they should call 911.

Staying safe in the summer heat is important so that people remain healthy and do not come down with a heat related illness.

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