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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Importance of Hydration

It’s that time of year again! With the temperatures rising into the 100’s already, it’s time to be on the lookout for kids left unattended in vehicles. 2010 had the highest total of deaths from children being left in hot cars in years at 49. It only takes 10 minutes to cause serious injury or even cause death to an infant.  

Another heat related problem is heat exhaustion. It can come in all shapes in sizes, and with the summer weather already here, it's good to exercise caution, as heat-related illnesses can affect us all when we least expect it.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:
  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting

There are times when we have no choice but to work in the heat but we can be smart about it and take some measures to insure or well being.

Drinking lots of water before, during, and after your shift to avoid dehydration. You should sip about four to eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. If your urine is darker in color, that could be an indication that you are dehydrated and need more fluids. Know the warning signs. Don’t over exert yourself. If you are experiencing any of the signs, slow down and seek help if necessary.

Stay safe (and hydrated) out there!

Russell Rucker,
Regional Manager- Region 3

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