Stay safe during hot summer days

With summer finally showing its face in Southern Ontario, it’s time to take a look at how to stay safe during these hot times. Heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke are all common issues and can be particularly bad for the very young, the elderly and those with persistent health issues.

Here are some things that can help you ward off issues that come along with excessive heat:

  • IDDrink water – We know this seems obvious, but you have to replace the water just as fast as it is coming out of you. When you’re sweating a lot, you can lose large amounts of water and salt in a very short time. Always carry a large water bottle and sip from it regularly. Remember, if you’re feeling extremely thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. If you are feeling a little woozy, it might not hurt to grab the Gatorade. Gatorade is made to replace the electrolytes you are sweating out, keeping you hydrated and your blood chemistry stable. While it is not the best choice for a regular drink, one cup of Gatorade or a similar sports drink can help if you are feeling extremely off-kilter.
  • Stay in the shade – Again, another obvious one, but keeping your head covered can pay off in the long run. The shade will keep you a little more comfortable and also keep you out of the more intense UV light. Again, we must stress that it’s very important to keep yourself cool and hydrated. Just because you’re out of the worst of the heat and hiding under a tree doesn’t mean that you aren’t susceptible to the heat.
  • Take some time inside – On days like these, it is not a bad thing to call it quits and grab some time in your air conditioned home. If you have air conditioning at your disposal, make sure to take some time cooling down in it.

These are just three ways you can keep yourself cool during the upcoming heatwave. If you have any more suggestions, have questions about your air conditioning unit or would like to schedule some maintenance, please contact Hogg via our website, Twitter or our Facebook page.

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