Is it me, or does summer know how to make an entrance! Summer officially arrives at 7:07 pm today, but for many of us in Syracuse and the entire Northeast it’s already here. Being from the Caribbean, people usually ask me if I am accustomed to these temperatures; and while my answer is typically yes, I quickly add that it’s never this humid since we always have a cool ocean breeze to help.
However, with temperatures this high the risk of heat exhaustion and/or a heat stroke should always be in the back of our minds – especially when the heat index (basically, how hot it feels in the shade) is above 90, and today’s heat index is expected to reach and even exceed 100. So for those individuals who have to be outside whether its for an interview or work, we at CR Fletcher Associates would like to share some quick tips to help you beat the heat (no, not the NBA team).
Signs of heat exhaustion:
- Pale skin
- Fatigue, dizziness, or nausea
- Sweating profusely
- Rapid pulse
- Fast shallow breathing
- Muscle weakness or cramps
Signs of an oncoming heat stroke:
- Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty
- Confusion or loss of consciousness
- Throbbing headache
- Frequent vomiting
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Tips on beating the heat:
- Don’t overexert yourself – reschedule strenuous outdoor activities to this evening or for another day if possible
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least a quart of fluids (preferably water) every hour. Even consider fruits such as watermelons or cantaloupes.
- Wear loose clothing light in color and fabric, as well as a hat and sunblock, and stay in the shade or indoors if possible
- Use fans and air conditioning – if you don’t have air conditioning feel free to visit public places such as the mall, library, or movie theater that do.
- Coffee drinkers beware! Avoid drinking caffeine which can speed up dehydration
- Also, pay close attention to children and infants, and be neighborly – check on the elderly and chronically ill persons regularly
Hopefully, these tips should keep you safe until the scorching heat breaks this Friday.