During the summer months the Houston Fire Department responds to an increase in things like heat related illnesses, pool accidents, children injured around cars and the elderly suffering from the heat. Dr David Persse is Houston Fire Dept Emergency Medical Director. He says a little pre planning before you go outside goes a long way.
“Make sure that you’re hydrated before you go outside. The scheduling of what you’re going to do and when you’re gonna be outside, maybe not during the hottest part of the day, schedule an indoor event. So, we’re entertained and having fun all day long, just a little bit of pre-planning.”
Parents of active kids must remember to be extra vigilant to keep them safe and healthy. If you live close to elderly citizens, remember to check on their welfare periodically, as isolated seniors are at a much higher risk of heat related health problems.
“The other big mistake that folks make, you know, young men, they’re drinking a lot of alcohol and being out in the sun. That can be a really bad combination so, take it easy on the alcohol if you’re gonna be outside.”
Dr Persse says remember the “L’s” if you happen to be out in the sun for an extended period of time: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, lightly colored clothes and drink plenty of liquids.
“Again, the good liquids, not those that have alcohol or a really high sugar content. But water and most of the sports drinks are okay. Some of these things that are portrayed as being sports drinks have got really high sugar levels in them. So check the label, make sure the level isn’t too high.”
He says having too much sugar under the hot sun will force the body to release it, along with water. That could result in being dehydrated.