Tips for Heat-Exhaustion Prevention


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As the temperature rises, so does the need to take extra precaution in the heat. This time of year, heat exhaustion is a common occurrence, as we’re more apt to be outdoors. 

Common indicators and symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, headaches, lack of sweating and nausea; you might even find that, oddly enough, you’ll stop feeling warm after a while.

Heat exhaustion can be prevented in many ways, including:
  • Drinking eight ounces of water or an electrolyte-infused drink for every hour you’re outside (even if you don’t feel thirsty)
  • Staying in the shade as much as possible
  • Using your air conditioning when the thermometer tops 90 degrees
  • Eating foods high in water content
Foods containing high water content include: Strawberries_Picture.jpg
  • Watermelon 
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
Should heat exhaustion set in, here are a few quick actions you can take:
  • Get into a cool place immediately
  • Apply cool washcloths to your forehead, neck, armpits and groin
  • Drink one quart of water or an electrolyte-infused drink
  • If your symptoms get worse, contact your physician or 911 immediately
We at Home Instead encourage you to enjoy all that summer has to offer. An active lifestyle is important, and, here in Wisconsin, warm weather is something we wait for all winter.

With these tips and a few simple precautions, you can ensure that you remain safe this Fourth of July and all summer.

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