July 11, 2016

by Mankato Clinic

In Minnesota, we’re accustomed to weather extremes. With numerous days over 90° this summer,
it’s important to take the necessary precautions so you and your family members don’t feel the physical toll the heat can take on your body.

Follow the simple steps below to protect your health when the temperatures are high:

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. If your physician limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, make sure to ask how much water you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty before drinking fluids.
• Avoid drinking alcohol, drinks that are high in sugar and very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.
• Stay cool by staying indoors in an airconditioned place.
• Electric fans will not prevent heat-related illnesses when temperatures reach above 90°.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing.
• Take a cool shower or bath.
• If you must be outside in the heat, limit outdoor
activity to early morning and evening hours.
• Avoid strenuous exercise. If you must exercise, pace yourself and drink plenty of fluids.
• Rest often in the shade or in an air-conditioned building.
• Check on people who are more at risk to extreme heat. This includes children, pets, elderly and vulnerable people.