Summer is here and so is the heat. With temperatures reaching triple digits and heat waves in effect, it’s best to prep to stay healthy and safe in the summer while also having fun. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’ve ever forgotten to reapply your sunscreen at the beach or spent a day out in the sun, then you know the results of sunburns and sun exposure.
The best way to prevent a sunburn is to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun. As for when you’re out there, reapplying sunscreen is what most people often forget to do. This one step can be the difference between red, itchy, irritated skin and well-protected skin.
If you’re outside having fun, it’s hard to listen to your body’s signs that you need to take a break. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be the result of this, so try your best to listen when your body is telling you something.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion are nausea, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, weakness, and vomiting. If you feel any of these, take a break from the sun and relax in the shade.
Heat stroke symptoms can be more severe, and include a high body temperature, the absence of sweating, red or flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, disorientation, aitation, seizure, and/or a coma.
Prevention: Stay hydrated, avoid working out in high-temperature or high-humidity environments, and avoid drinking caffeine, alcohol, or tea, as these can dehydrate you.
Treatment: Heat stroke can lead to very severe medical problems such as brain and organ damage, or even death. If you or someone around you is showing symptoms of heat stroke, call 911. While waiting for EMS, find some shade and apply water and ice packs to the skin.
With more people using their air conditioning units and the recent power outage, make sure you contact your utility company to fix any issues and keep you cool.
Central Hudson: 845-452-2700
National Grid: 1-800-930-5003 (Long Island & the Rockaways) or 1-800-642-4272 (Upstate New York)
PSE&G New Jersey: 1-800-436-7734
PSEG Long Island: 1-800-490-0025 or 631-755-6000
Rochester Gas & Electric: 1-800-743-2110
National Fuel: 1-800-365-3234