It’s a dry heat in Tucson, so drink plenty of water

2013-05-22T08:44:00Z It’s a dry heat in Tucson, so drink plenty of waterKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2013 8:44 am  • 

It’s summer.

It’s hot.

Drinking lots of water should be a no-brainer.

But some people don’t heed the warning signs of dehydration and end up in a potentially deadly situation, Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said in a news release.

“When you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated,” he said.

Each summer emergency responders are called to treat patients who are suffering the effects of dehydration.

“Last year there were two fatalities as a result of dehydration, and a significant increase in responses to victims of the heat is seen during the first several weeks of the high temperature season,” Goldberg said. 

Symptoms of dehydration include: thirst, weakness, loss of energy, dizzy feeling, headache, confusion, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating followed by a lack of sweating, increased heartbeat, fainting spells and loss of consciousness.

The young and the elderly as well as those with medical conditions are more prone to heat related illness must be extra cautious during high temperature days.

To avoid heat-related ailments, Goldberg recommends:

* Limiting outdoor activities the during peak heat times from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Rehydrate with water after short periods of routine exercise. If consuming sports drinks, cut them with a 50/50 mix of water.

* Recognize early signs of heat related ailments and allow for a period of rest to allow the body to recover before returning to the heat.

If you or someone else is experiencing nausea or vomiting, do not drink fluids. Instead call 911. If someone appears to be suffering the effects of excessive heat, move the person to a cooler environment, cool the body, give fluids as long as they are awake and not vomiting, and call 911, Goldberg said.

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