All you have to do is turn on the news, or leave air conditioning, to know that it's hot outside all over our country. I learned firsthand because I spent six hours outside yesterday when the Foremost Chopper visited our office park in Michigan.
I was exhausted at the end of the day and fell asleep well before 10 p.m. and for a person who's usually up to 11:30, that's strange. So while I had time to prepare for an afternoon out in the heat, I really wasn't prepared for the heat. Let's review where I went right and where I went wrong yesterday using the following heat-related illness preventative tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recommends… "Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink."
This was my first failure. While I brought a bottle of water, I rarely drank from it because of that second sentence. I didn't feel thirsty. If you are outside, remember to keep hydrated, regardless of thirst level. So I'm 0-1.
The CDC recommends… "Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps."
I usually only drink water, so I had this right. My water was also outside with me, so it wasn't cold. BUT, and it's a big but, I've already mentioned that I rarely drank my water. So I'm saying that I'm 0-2.
The CDC recommends… "Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing."
Well, as you can see in the photo, that dress I'm wearing is both light-colored and loose-fitting. I can also attest that it's pretty lightweight. I'm 1-3.
The CDC recommends… "If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours."
I was outdoors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., so I'm 1-4.
The CDC recommends… "Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat,…sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher…"
I wasn't wearing a hat, but I was wearing sunglasses and I did wear a broad-spectrum SPF 70 sunscreen. If that is three items, I'm 3-7. 43% is not even close to a passing grade.
So while I was fortunate not to suffer from heat exhaustion, severe sunburn, heat cramps or worse, hopefully you'll learn from my errors—especially if you're trying to beat the heat while in your RV, on your boat or PWC. Your safety is importance to us.
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