Tips for a Safe Arkansas Summer

School’s out, the sun is shining and Arkansans are ready to embrace the heat. Well, maybe “deal with the heat” is more accurate. We are here to help. 

The high temperatures and sun exposure we experience during a signature Arkansas summer can be dangerous if you are not careful. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are common conditions for those who spend too much time in the heat. It’s important to take precautions and know the signs.

Here are a few tips for a safe Arkansas summer from the team at Arkansas Quick Care in Jacksonville, AR.

  1. Dress for the whether.

Summer is a great time for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. It might seem like a simple decision, but it’s essential for your skin to cool down. Wearing heavy garments could increase your chance of getting heat exhaustion or suffer from heat stroke.

While you are scouring your closet for the perfect summer outfit, don’t forget to think about the sun. Like sunblock, clothing coverage can help protect you from harmful UV rays. Summer is a great time for wide-brimmed straw hats and lightweight fedoras.

  1. Stay hydrated.

This one is obvious. Yet, so many suffer from dehydration in the summer heat. Keep water with you at all times. You should also consider drinking sports drinks that contain electrolytes. Electrolytes help your body retain fluid and prevent dehydration.

Sweating a lot? It might not seem like it, but your body loses a significant amount of water when you sweat. If you notice that you are sweating enough to make droplets on your forehead, it’s time to hydrate.

  1. Take breaks.

Got a big outdoor project this summer? During the heat of the day, make sure to take breaks every 15 to 30 minutes. It might slow down your progress, but your body will need a break from the sun exposure and high temperatures.

  1. Don’t ignore symptoms.

It’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you experience excessive sweating, muscle cramps, nausea or lightheadedness, it’s time to get to a place where you can cool down. Drink lots of water and, if possible, take a cool shower.

Heat exhaustion isn’t the only medical condition that can be brought on by hot temperatures. Heat stroke is also a danger to those spending an extended amount of time in the heat. When a person suffers a heat stroke, they will have red hot, dry skin—no sweating. They may experience a throbbing headache, nausea and a rapid heart rate.

What should you do when someone suffers a heat stroke? Call 911 and immediately start cooling them down.

As always, we are here to help you with non-life threatening injuries or illnesses when you need it. We’ll get you on your way to recovery, and back to summer fun as soon as possible.

No appointment necessary.