It’s steamy year-round in the Sunshine State, but in the middle of summer, we can really feel the heat! Heat related illnesses and emergencies can have a rapid onset, so stay cool this summer by remembering these high-temp tips:
Quench your thirst!
It’s especially important to sip on water throughout the day (there are some great reusable water bottles that can keep your drink nice and cold all day). Don’t forget those electrolytes, though! Sports drinks can help replenish low electrolytes and rehydrate you quickly.
And every other color of the rainbow! Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will not only provide plenty of nutrients, but their high water content can help keep you hydrated.
Air out and stay shady.
Light colored clothes will reflect the sun’s rays. Make sure your clothes fit comfortably—light layers that allow air to pass over your body will allow cooling evaporation to help reduce your sweating. You may not be in disguise but wearing a hat and sunglasses can protect your head, ears, and eyes from harmful damage from UV rays.
Say Yes to SPF.
Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. The higher the number, the more protected you are.
Schedule your summer.
Plan your outdoor activities for the morning or late afternoon/evening. Try to avoid being out in the direct sun during the midday hours. Even the Zoo animals stay in their shady spots during the hottest part of the day!
Listen to your body.
Overheating can happen quickly, so if you start to experience weakness, headache, dizziness, cramps, nausea, lack of sweat, or fainting, stop what you’re doing immediately! Call for help—several of the Zoo’s team members are First-Aid and CPR certified and will jump into action in a moment’s notice.