As summer temperatures continue to rise, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated while outdoors either for work or recreation. According to Effingham Fire Chief Joseph Holomy, when you’re outside, you’re body tries to keep you cool.
Chief Holomy also suggested to avoid heavy meals prior to going outside on hot days because your body has to expend energy to absorb the food, which creates more heat. He also advised to avoid any type of carbonated beverages like soda.
If you, or someone else, becomes dehydrated it’s important to find a cool spot to rest and replenish fluids. Cool, not icy, water can also be splashed on a person’s face, or a cool cloth placed on their forehead.
Chief Holomy said that one symptom of dehydration is confusion, or slurred speech.
It’s also important to keep your pets in mind. Make sure to bring extra water them, and remember, if it hurts to put your hand on a concrete or asphalt surface, it will hurt their paws as well.
According to Chief Holomy, heatstroke as a result of dehydration is a medical emergency that needs to be addressed by professionals immediately.
Chief Holomy also said not leave children or pets in unattended vehicles in hot weather as temperatures can reach up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot vehicle call 911.
Ultimately, Chief Holomy recommended drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks to avoid the symptoms of dehydration in the first place.
Additionally, make sure to always wear sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors this summer.
Listen to the full interview with Effingham Fire Chief Holomy here!