Staying Safe During Texas Summers

Follow some simple guidelines in order to stay safe in the Texas summer sun.

Soaring temperatures, among other things, can contribute to safety concerns during a typical Texas summer. Here’s how to beat the heat and stay safe:

  • Guard against dehydration. Opt for water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. It is important to note that caffeinated beverages, including coffee and soda, and alcohol have a dehydrating effect on the body.
     
  • Stay out of the Texas sun during peak hours. Instead, seek a comfortable air-conditioned environment between 10 o’clock and 4 o’clock.
     
  • Protect your skin from the glaring Texas rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, and re-apply it every hour or two and after sweating or swimming.
     
  • Practice water safety. Whether at one of Texas’ beautiful beaches, at the pool or on a boat, follow general water safety guidelines. Swim only where there is lifeguard supervision. Never leave children unattended in or near water. Wear a proper floatation device when boating.
     
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illness. Seek medical attention for muscle cramps lasting longer than one hour, profuse sweating or dry skin, dizziness, headache, high fever, nausea, fainting, confusion or shallow breathing. And remember that babies, young children, people 65 or older and people who are significantly overweight are more susceptible to suffering from heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, although these illnesses can affect anyone.
     
  • Avoid bug bites. Texas has it’s fair share of mosquitoes and other pests, so use an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to help guard against West Nile virus. Be sure to dump any standing water in your yard to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Do you know the signs of heat stroke? Take a moment to visit our online Health Library to learn signs and symptoms. This heat-related health condition can be deadly without immediate treatment.

For a physician referral at Medical Center of Arlington, please call 1-855-868-6262.

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