Health officials offer tips on how to stay safe during hot temperatures

Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 6:01 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Many families are making their weekend plans, maybe heading out to Reggae by the River in Buchanan or heading to Smith Mountain Lake. Carilion Health officials have tips on how to stay safe during hot temperatures.

Trauma Outreach Coordinator Ottilia Lewis advises you to drink water or sports drinks that have electrolytes. They recommend you pace yourself in the heat and take a 10-minute break in the shade at least once an hour.

“It’s definitely recommended that you take those breaks just to give your body a chance to reclamation and calm down. Obviously, if you’re starting to get a headache or sweating a lot, or even stop sweating,” said Lewis. “You definitely want to seek medical attention. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. So, you want to make sure that if you start experiencing those symptoms that you get help as soon as possible.”

They say wearing lightweight clothes and light colors can help you stay cool. Remember to always put on sunscreen and reapply often.

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