Summer is just getting started and already the heat is taking its toll on Fort Worth residents.
Since May 1, MedStar personnel have treated 166 patients with heat-related conditions. Last year between May 1 and June 22, MedStar treated 79 patients with heat emergencies.
MedStar provided these tips for handling the summer heat:
Hydrate. Drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you are engaged in any strenuous activity. Sports drinks are a good choice if you’re exercising or working in hot conditions, but water is a good way to hydrate as well.
Ventilate. Stay in a place where there is plenty of air circulating to keep your body cool. If you are indoors and don’t have access to air conditioning, open windows and use a fan.
Cover up. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to avoid absorbing the sun’s light and trapping heat. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun, but once you feel yourself getting warm, remove any items covering your head, which can trap heat close to your body.
Limit activity. Heatstroke can occur in less than an hour when you are participating in strenuous activity during a hot day. If you feel yourself getting hot or light-headed, stop your activity and rest in a cool place out of the sun. Be sure to drink water or a sports drink before, during and after any strenuous activity.
Check on loved ones. The elderly are especially vulnerable to heat-related emergencies. Many elderly residents are not aware of how hot it may get in their residence. Call on older friends and family members regularly to assure they are doing OK.
Don’t leave kids in hot cars. Every summer, police, fire departments and MedStar respond to calls where a child is left in a hot car. Too often, these calls end in tragedy. Do not leave children unattended in cars, and be sure your vehicles are secured to prevent a curious child from becoming trapped in the car on a hot day.
(These recommendations are good for your pets, too.)