We are having a unexpected hot summer! It is a little too hot for my taste and very dangerous as well. A few weeks ago my niece and a friend (both13 years old), went unsupervised to a outdoor pool during peek heat (10am-4pm) for a few hours, and not drinking enough fluid ended with a heat stroke. She ran a fever and luckily the fever broke in a day and there wasn’t a need of hospitalization.
The preventive measures for heat stroke include drinking plenty of cool liquids and avoiding excessive heat and humidity. Treatment requires rapid physical cooling of the body. I believe that we all need to be educated so that severe damage can be prevented as well as enjoying the summer days.
The precaution while enjoying the warm weather is to be in shaded area and cooling temperature between peek heat of 10am – 4pm. But in Seattle weather, I think its best to be protected until 7-8pm. The strong heat creates the worry of skin cancer, heat stroke, sunburn, but dehydration can create major casualty especially for the kids and elderly. To prevent dehydration is drinking at least 8 glasses of water. I was once told that using sun block is effective for 30% protection, and the best protection is sun clothing and shade which provides 90%.
Lets have a fun and safe summer!