How to avoid heat-related illness - Metro US

How to avoid heat-related illness

Tips from the Department of Health Promotion and Protection:

• Being properly hydrated is the first step to preventing heat-related illness. Children should drink double the recommended amount of water two to three hours before physical activity, and then drink the recommended amount again 20 to 30 minutes before the activity.

• Thirst, fatigue, dizziness, loss of energy and irritability are all symptoms of dehydration. If you notice any of these signs, find a cool shady area and drink cold liquids.

• It takes 10 to 14 days for the body to adjust and respond properly to higher temperatures.

• Lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing has the ability to draw sweat away from the body.

• The hottest part of the day is typically between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. — try to plan rigorous activity around these times.

• Remember not to share water bottles, as this spreads communicable diseases.

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