Week after week this summer parents have been leaving their children in the car or other places in the inferno we call summer in the south. Heat-related deaths are on the rise.... and may rise an additional 20 percent over the next decade, according to a new study based on global temperature change. What you need to do to avoid being a victim of Duval County Heat!
In some years, heat is the biggest killer among all types of severe weather. More than 1,250 people died nationwide during the devastating U.S. heat wave of 1980. 465 heat-related deaths were reported in Chicago during a 16-day period as recently as 1995. Children and elderly are dying in greater numbers.
When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, everyone is at risk, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses.
Signs of heat-related illnesses include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.
If you see someone experiencing any of these signs, immediately move them to a cool place, give them cool water to drink and ice packs or apply wet cool cloths to their skin.
Thanks to many residents and businesses in Duval’s, in busy walking areas, people and pets in heat stress are offered free water and help
Beverages: some hydrate, others dehydrate
Some beverages are better than others at preventing dehydration. Water is all you need if you are planning to be active in a low or moderate intensity activity, such as walking, for only an hour or less. If you plan to be exercising longer than that, or if you anticipate being out in the sun for more than a few hours, you may want to hydrate with some kind of sports drink. These replace not only fluid, but also chemicals like sodium and potassium, which are lost through perspiration. Too much or too little sodium and potassium in the body can cause trouble. Muscle cramping may be due to a deficiency of electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas, and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration. These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration. Fruit juice and fruit drinks may have too many carbohydrates, too little sodium, and may upset the stomach. If you're going to drink fruit juices while exercising, you may try diluting them with 50% fruit juice and 50% water first.
Adequate hydration will keep your summer activities safer and much more enjoyable. If you need to increase your fluid intake, keep an extra pitcher of water with fresh lemons, limes, or cucumber in the refrigerator.
For More Tips on exercise and hydration in the heat call the Free Dr. Fitness Helpline at 888.607.5275