NBISD’s Director of Health Services, Mary Coronado, has 6 Tips to beat the Texas heat! The excessive heat of a Texas summer can be challenging to endure, but with some strategic planning and mindful habits, you can stay cool, comfortable and safe for the remainder of the summer months. Follow Nurse Coronado’s six tips for beating the heat and staying safe in extreme weather.
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration starts before you feel thirsty. Carry a reusable water bottle and sip water frequently throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration.
2. Take Breaks
Plan your outdoor activities wisely by avoiding the hottest part of the day, usually from late morning to early afternoon. Instead, opt for early mornings or pool evenings when the temperatures are relatively lower. If you need to be outside during peak heat hours, take frequent breaks in shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces and if you feel dizzy or faint SIT DOWN and ask for help.
3. Dress Cool
Choosing the right clothing can make a significant difference in your comfort level. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing that allows your body to breathe and helps reflect the sun’s rays. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, apply sunscreen generously and avoid jackets and sweaters.
4. Eat Right, Eat Light
With excessive temperatures, it’s important to eat light and avoid heavy meals. Opt for water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
5. Find Shade
Spend time in air-conditioned places like libraries, malls, and community centers. If you are outside, find shade under a tree or cover during the hottest parts of the day.
6. Watch Symptoms
Extreme heat can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Learn the symptoms, which can include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and even loss of consciousness. If you or someone around you shows signs of a heat-related illness, it’s crucial to take action immediately. Move to a cooler place, hydrate, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.