The classic scene during the summer is – vacationers frolicking in the sun at the beach. Having fun in the sun makes most people happy but it is important to take some precautions regarding heat exhaustion and heat stroke. That was especially true as temperatures soared over much of the U.S. in July (2019).
According to the National Safety Council, the human body can usually regulate its temperature through sweating until it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion results when the body overheats and loses excessive water and salt due to sweating. Symptoms are pale or ashen skin, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness and a rapid heart rate.
Heat stroke can occur when the body exceeds 104 degrees F. It is far more serious and can sometimes result in death. Infants and older people are especially susceptible to both.
Keeping hydrated in one way to deter either situation from happening. Staying in the shade also helps. The Mayo Clinic also has some good tips for staying safe and healthy while enjoying summer activities like the pool, golf, boating, art shows, farmers markets or just hanging out at a Tiki Bar.