This time of year is perfect to go outside and run around! Below are tips to keep you and your family safe and active throughout the hot months:
- Great options to start activities slowly in the heat are: go for a bike ride, swim, or walk. Eventually, you can
- work up to a run or hike.
- Other light activities include tossing a Frisbee, having a catch, playing tennis and golf
- Make sure to have the proper protection when participating in these sports
- i.e. Helmet, life jacket, and necessary padding
- Drink plenty of water and avoid highly caffeinated beverages as they will dehydrate your body
- Preparation is key! Review the outside high/low temperature for the day and dress accordingly for the heat
- Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and avoid dark colors as they attract the sun’s rays
- Apply sunscreen to skin that is going to be exposed and reapply often
- Sunglasses or a hat are recommended to keep harmful rays away from eyes and face
- When given the opportunity, stay indoors in a cool area
- Be sure to keep an eye on family and friends, especially the elderly and pets
- Read about the signs and symptoms to watch for regarding Heat Exhaustion and/or Heat Stroke:
- If you are experiencing any of these illnesses or are in a life-threatening medical condition please call 911
While being active, also be cognizant that with every activity there is a risk of injury. For this purpose, every Immediate Care location is equipped with x-ray services on-site for sports injuries including sprains, fractures, and minor dislocations. Each urgent care center is also able to treat cuts and suture minor lacerations. Anything more serious than these listed injuries should be taken to a hospital immediately.
Get outside, enjoy the weather, be active, but most importantly, be safe!