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Summer Smarts

Summer can be a blast right? Well, it can also be very dangerous. Especially if the temperature goes up. I have some tips for you to follow to help minimize the threat of Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion:

  1. Stay indoors as much as possible between 10 am and 3 pm. At these times the sun reaches its peak and you are more likely to overheat.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. And by fluids I don't mean Caffeinated Sodas. Caffeine dehydrates you. Water is by far the best liquid to choose. It gets into your system faster than other drinks.
  3. Remember to use your sunscreen. Please remember to use the highest degree of coverage. Also remember that some sunscreens may not allow you to burn but some do allow the damaging light in that is known to cause skin cancer.
  4. Get to a place that is airconditioned. If you do not have air conditioning then head to the mall, or the public library. They are generally airconditioned.
  5. Be Aware that some of the medications you take may goof up the thermoregulatory system in your body. By this I mean your body has a difficult time dealing with the external temperature changes. Check with your pharmacist or look at your enclosed pamphlet to see if this pertains to you. The eldery have a thermoregulatory system that is getting weak and the young children and infants systems are immature.

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