Editorial - Stay hydrated in the summer heat
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:07
The summer sunshine is meant to be enjoyed, but the heat is a danger that everyone must accept.
Heat exhaustion and even heat stroke can happen to anyone, regardless of age or level of current health.
The temperature has exceeded 90 degrees every day for nearly two weeks. Power outages due to storms have made matters even worse for many in the area.
Make sure if you do have to be in the heat that you are drinking plenty of water and taking rests in between action in the sun.
If you don’t have a reason to be out in the heat, then don’t go out in it. It’s no joke; the heat can and does kill.
According to msnbc.com, there have been 43 deaths in West Virginia within the past two weeks due to the heat.
Heat stroke is a form of hypothermia, which is when one’s body temperature is elevated dramatically. It is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately.
If someone near you is showing signs of heat stroke, make efforts to cool his or her body temperature. The most important measure to take to prevent heat stroke or heat exhaustion is to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activities in the sun.
Heat exhaustion symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and aches, and dizziness.
Infants, the elderly, athletes and outdoor workers are at the greatest risk for heat-related illnesses.
If you are out in the sun, make sure you are not alone, or someone knows where you are.
Some may develop signs of heat stroke quickly and without warning. These symptoms include: high body temperature, the absence of sweating, hot flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, strange behavior, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, disorientation, seizure and/or coma.
Heat-related health concerns should be taken seriously. While summer is supposed to be fun, it should be safe as well.