Cool Tips to Beat the Heat

Summer break may be over, but it still feels like summer outside. Before resuming your normal outdoor activities, know the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Stay safe by checking out these helpful tips from Harris County Public Health: Drink plenty of fluids: During hot weather, you will need additional fluids. Limit drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol or sugar as these tend to dehydrate. Remember, pets need water too!

  • Replace salt and minerals: Heavy perspiring removes vital nutrients from your body. Sports drinks can replace these nutrients.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes are ideal. Cotton fabrics will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
  • Use sun protection: Wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity and reapplied every two hours.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully: Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Stay cool indoors: Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Public libraries and shopping malls are good options. Showers and baths can help you cool off as well.
  • Monitor those at risk: Infants, young children and the elderly require additional monitoring. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car!
  • Set a buddy system: When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and friends and have them do the same for you.
  • Pace yourself: If you are not used to working or exercising in the heat, take it slow. Allow your body to adjust to temperature changes.
  • Know the signs: If you are gasping for breath, stop all activity. Heat illness can cause confusion and loss of consciousness.
  • Remember: Children, seniors, and people with existing health issues are more prone to heat-related illnesses.