As the islands move into the summer months and community members start to enjoy some of their favorite outdoor activities, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said it is very important to protect yourself from heat stress, or heat-related illnesses.
Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool down properly. A too high body temperature may cause damage to the brain or other vital organs.
It is most important, especially in the islands’ hot tropical climate, to stay hydrated by drinking water, stay cool, and stay informed.
Below are the different types of heat-related illnesses (from most to least serve), how to recognize them, and what to do when presented with signs of them.
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips:
Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
Drink water often. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning
Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim. (PR)