Summer is here and it's HOT!
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Heatstroke is predictable and preventable.
Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:
• Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing.
excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly
your body to cool properly.
• Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects
body's ability to cool itself, so protect
outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of
at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and
reapply every two hours — or more often if you're
swimming or sweating.
• Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated
your body sweat and maintain a normal body
• Take extra precautions with certain
Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if
take medications that can affect your body's
stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
• Never leave anyone in a parked car. This
common cause of heat-related deaths in children.
When parked in the sun, the temperature in your
can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10
It's not safe to leave a person in a parked car
warm or hot weather, even if the windows are
cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is
parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from
• Take it easy during the hottest parts of
the day. If
you can't avoid strenuous activity in hot
drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot.
schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler
of the day, such as early morning or evening.
• Get acclimated. Limit time spent working
exercising in heat until you're conditioned to
People who are not used to hot weather are
especially susceptible to heat-related illness.
take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot
• Be cautious if you're at increased risk.
If you take
medications or have a condition that increases
risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and
quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If
participate in a strenuous sporting event or
hot weather, make sure there are medical services
available in case of a heat emergency.