Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable; it can threaten your health, especially for older adults and children. Hot and humid weather can make it more challenging for your body to cool down, leading to heat-related illnesses. Three types of such illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If left untreated, they can become life-threatening.

Don’t let the summer heat get the best of you. Consider the following tips to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat light, refreshing foods.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Do chores or other outdoor activities in the morning or evening.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible or take breaks from being.

Keeping these tips in mind means you’re on your way to beating the heat. Learn more about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses below.

Thanks to our friends at Pickering Insurance Solutions for this article. This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional medical advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.