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Summer is Here–Beware of Extreme Heat!

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Sunrise, A New Beginning Copyright Elise Hearn 2008

Well if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is now officially Summer!  Yeah.  And with summer comes outdoor activities, road trips, Severe Storms, summer camp and dreaming of cooler weather.  Seems we are never satisfied with the weather around here.

As we head through summer, there are several things we can do to make our lives healthier and safer.  Extreme Heat Related Deaths happen each year, and are not confined to outside workers.   According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.  Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. WOW!

As we head out the door each summer day, it is essential for us to grab our wide brimmed hats. The wide brim provides much needed shade for our sensitive skin and eyes.  Children and adults need to protect our eyes and faces from the bright light of the summer sun.  Add a cool pair of shades for a final touch of style and protection!

Choosing light weight clothing in light colors help keep us cooler.  Cotton fabrics are great since they keep you cooler by wicking away moisture from the body.  Cotton is also a sustainable product that is environmentally friendly.  Good for you and the planet too.  Good combination.

Drink plenty of cool liquids such as water and sports drinks like Performance which will replace which will replace the lost salts and electrolytes along with minerals that are lost when your body sweats.  Talk with your Doctor should you need to control water intake because of medical conditions!  Be Safe.

Use Sunscreen!  After you get about 15 minutes of sun several days a week for vitamins, add sunscreen!  Not only for the possibility of skin cancers, but because Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.  Apply Sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to your time in the sun and reapply according to the product instructions.

If you must go out on a very hot day, plan your activities very early in the day or late in the day to avoid the hottest part of the day.  Pace yourself and don’t overdo!

Commonsense is your best defense against Extreme Heat!

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