Summer is here and with that comes the extreme conditions of Central Florida's unpredictable and often dangerous weather patterns. While the tourists flood the theme parks, setting record number wait times to ride the newest rides such as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringgot's at Universal Studios or the Seven Dwarf's Mine Train at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the risk of serious, and often sudden, heat related illnesses can even be fatal. Follow these simple guidelines to stay cool during the hot and humid summer months.
- Drink plenty of H2O throughout the day. Drink at least 6 to 8, 8 oz glasses of water or more a day, especially if you are outside in the heat. Not only will it keep your metabolism going strong it will help in keeping your core temperature cool and assist in keeping you from over heating. Tip: Don't guzzle! Take small sips throughout the day.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol throughout the day. Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics and cause you to become dehydrated. Picture both as a sponge. If you drink 8 glasses of water yet you also consume 4 glasses of soda or alcohol, you are literally depleting half of the H2O that you consumed causing you to become dehydrated. Stick to water only to avoid the possibility of over heating.
- Wear lose, comfortable and light, colored clothing.
- Accessorize with hats, sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen, and perhaps even an umbrella for shade.
- If possible put a cool ice soaked towel on your shoulders or neck.
Follow these simple steps to avoid serious heat related conditions such as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke. And do not forget to protect your family members including your pets including hot cars which can reach fatal conditions in just a few minutes.