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Fun in the California Sun

7/23/2013

As summer arrives and we become the envy of the rest of the nation due to our great weather, I started to wonder why has there been so many pop songs written about California and the longing to return to a wonderful place with warm weather? It dawned on me, warm weather is great but we forget the dangers that it will bring with it. Heat exhaustion can occur by simply doing your regular daily routine in a hot, humid day. This heat-related illness occurs when your body can no longer keep itself cool. Your body cools itself by sweating and allowing the sweat to evaporate. On a hot, humid day, evaporation of the sweat slows down due to the moisture in the air. Sweating requires a significant amount of fluid in the body and the evaporation of sweat requires an adequate amount of dry air. When the amount of sweating and evaporation decreases, your body’s ability to keep itself cool is reduced and you can become ill.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dehydration 
It’s extremely important to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting physical activity during the hottest part of the day between 11 am and 4 pm. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These fluids dehydrate the body rather than hydrate it, the way water can. Also avoid carbonated beverages, these can cause bloating and deter you from drinking enough water to rehydrate. In hot and humid conditions, it’s possible for you to become dehydrated in just 15 minutes. We don’t have to dream of playing in the sun or of California’s warm weather like the rest of the nation does; we just need learn to enjoy it safely. PVHMC wishes you and your family a happy and healthy Summer!
 
By Frank Garcia, Interactive Media and Marketing Manager  

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