Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that can be avoided by following simple prevention measures. Anyone can suffer from heatstroke, so what can you do to avoid it?
The home doctor team at House Call Doctor has 5 ways you can prevent yourself getting heatstroke.
- Drink water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will keep you hydrated. Sports drinks that contain electrolytes can also help replenish your body with the fluids it needs. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, keep the fluids up!
- Plan ahead
Especially in summer, it is important to plan ahead to reduce your activity outside in the heat. If it is unavoidable, try to schedule activity in the cooler parts of the day, or ensure there is shade.
- Slip, slop, slap
If you are outside, remember to slip, slop, slap. It is important to apply sunscreen regularly and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Sunglasses and long-sleeve clothing are also easy ways to avoid heatstroke.
- Help others
Check in on older family members, friends and neighbours who may need help coping with the heat. People who are sick also need to be extra careful in extreme heat. It is important to not leave children and pets in cars as they can overheat easily in extreme heat, in a very short amount of time.
- Avoid the heat
Avoiding the heat altogether is the best way to avoid heatstroke. Move your activities inside and crank the air-conditioning to keep cool on extreme heat days.