Many states are experiencing record high temperatures increasing the likelihood of heat exhaustion which can lead to heat stroke. There are organizations around the country that provide temporary air-conditioned public spaces to help deal with the health effects of a heat wave. They are known as, “cooling stations.” To find a cooling station in your area, call 2-1-1. If your city does not have a designated cooling station set up, try spending as much time as possible in public air conditioned places such as libraries, malls, community centers, and other public locations.
During this hot time it is important to pay attention to how your body is feeling. Signs and symptoms for a heat related illness can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. During heat waves it is important to try and keep your body temperature low. One way to do that is to make sure you are getting plenty of water. Taking sips throughout the day and drinking before you become thirsty will help regulate your body temperature. Some drinks, such as coffee or other caffeinated beverages, and alcohol, actually cause dehydration, so you may want to limit or avoid those during times of extreme heat.
Stay cool and have a great 4th of July!