Friday, July 22, 2011

Tips to keep your family safe in the heat

Photo Credit: Peter J. Klaus
A deadly heatwave is sweeping through the mid-Atlantic and east coast so it's time to ensure that the entire family is safe. Temperatures will sore to approx 115 deg F. So use the following tips to protect yourself and your family.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Stay hydrated with water or drinks with electrolytes. Coconut water is a great low sugar alternative to sport drinks and has loads of electrolytes.
  • If you must work in your garden. Get out very early and tend to your plants or wait for the sun to set but be careful the temps can be very high at these times. Wear a hat and lather on the sunblock.
  • Wait for the heat wave to pass before mowing the lawn.
  • Take restless kids to an indoor gym or pool for play time. Do not let them play outdoors. Avoid giving them caffeine drinks and soda.
  • Need to run errands...take it slow. Move slowly, use the air condition in the car and be sure to carry water with you.
  • If you have student athletes like I firm and make sure that they workout in an indoor gym. If practice must take place outside ensure that it's early morning. No energy drinks! They tend to cause de-hydration. If possible, have them take a break from practice. It's not worth the risk!
According to the Centers for Disease Control symtoms for heatstroke include:

Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating



Throbbing headache

High body temperature


Slurred speech

Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know show any of these symtoms. Be sure to be safe during your weekend activities. Be smart, stay cool, stay hydrated and embrace your journey.


  1. I must be getting a heat stroke then Nicole - lol cause I'm always hot , always hallucinating that there are 9 zeros after my bank account balance , my blood ALWAYS hot , I get people confused all the time and after cocktail hour well that explains the last symptom LOL .
    No but seriously - good tips mum~in~motion !

  2. You're funny. As always, thanks for your support.

  3. I don't have to worry about that at the moment, because here it's raining all the time :(