Preventing Heat Exhaustion

by Emily Baird on June 23, 2010 at 6:08 am

In this kind of weather, it’s easy to succumb to heat exhaustion, and everyone’s body reacts differently to the heat.

"Heat problems kind of sneak up on you. People don’t realize they’re getting in trouble because they aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. It’s the person who is hot to the touch and isn’t sweating that’s the one you really need to worry about," says Julie Davis of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Sweating is your body’s way of cooling off, but when it becomes extremely humid, it makes it difficult for your body to release water. If you aren’t careful, heat exhaustion can become dangerous.

"What can happen is basically you kind of just compare it to your thermostat getting stuck. Your brain pretty much will fry, and you will die, " says Davis.

In order to cool off, the Muskingum Valley Red Cross offers a few suggestions: Keep yourself hydrated, wear light clothing, do outdoor chores during dawn and dusk, and if you have to be outdoors, take frequent breaks.