Yes, summer is here, but those who have lived in Orange County for a while can agree that August and September are very hot compared to June and July. If you work outside for a living, or plan on catching up on repairs around the house or yard, you’ll want to remember these tips.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you experience heat cramps or extreme thirst, drink water every 15 to 20 minutes. CAUTION: Never drink more than 12 quarts of fluid in 24 hours.
- Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above with “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on its label. Reapply every 2 hours.
- Learn about the hazards and symptoms of heat-related illness and take precautions. Symptoms include: dizziness, headaches, nausea, weakness, irritability, confusion, thirst, heavy sweating, and a body temperature above 100.4ºF. If you stop sweating, begin to lose consciousness, or experience a seizure, get help; call 9-1-1 if you can.
- Take frequent rest and water breaks in a shaded or an air-conditioned area.
- If you wear protective equipment, remove it during your breaks.