Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Live In An Area Where The Heat Index Is SkyRocketing? Beware Getting Dehydrated!

Don't know about you, but the older I get, the more the CT summer heat and humidity gets to me. The secret to warding off dehydration while working outdoors is pretty simple - stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day.

I know because a few years ago I decided to reset the boards that lined my gravel driveway in the middle of a hot August day. I did the dumbest thing possible - no water, no breaks, and tried to get it done as quickly as possible. The result - a monster headache followed by the worst stomach cramps known to woman (equal in intensity to child labor). It's called sunstroke. It took a few days to recover from that mistake!

If you insist on walking, biking, swimming, going to the lake or beach, or working outdoors, please follow these common sense suggestions:
  • Drink water before, during, and after the activity. Do not go outdoors without a sufficient supply of water.
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Do the activity in the early morning or early evening when it's not as hot.
  • Take frequent breaks and get out of the sun into a shady area.

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