Warmer weather has arrived. Along with the fun of outdoor activities come some dangers, too. Among those dangers is sunstroke, also called heatstroke. To protect you and your loved ones from this hazard, keep these tips in mind this summer.
To avoid getting sunstroke, remember to drink plenty of fluids on warm days or when your activity level is up. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate you. Wear light colored, loose clothing and always wear a hat in direct sunlight. Try to stay in the shade and take breaks as needed. If you do find you are experiencing any symptoms of heat stroke, get help immediately. Symptoms of sunstroke include dizziness, fatigue, headache, and rapid pulse and breathing. This eventually progresses to an elevated body temperature, lack of sweating, confusion, and can lead to shock. The sooner you get treatment, the better.