NIEE 140 – Dealing with Extreme Summer Heat

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Summer is here and though it is the time for outdoor fun and play, it is also the time to start thinking about protecting ourselves from extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause serious health problems. But, you can do something about it.

Heat exhaustion is a relatively common response to intense heat and can cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and fainting. But it can also lead to heatstroke, which must be treated medically. Heat stress is especially harmful for the elderly, small children and people who already suffer from illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or hypertension. However, anyone should be careful and not do heavy physical activity when the temperature goes above 35 degrees.

We can do many things to protect ourselves from the dangers of extreme heat. We should stay out of the sun, drink plenty of liquids and wear light clothing. Also, avoid drinks that contain alcohol or sugar. Actually, they will cause you to lose body fluids.

I hope you can all enjoy your summer days. Just play it safe.