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Myrtle Beach Summer Heat Safety Tips

With temperatures climbing well into the 90’s, there are some Myrtle Beach summer heat safety tips you need to keep in mind.

While prolonged exposure to hot outdoor temperatures are known causes of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke, extreme temperatures indoors can also cause heat-related illnesses.

When your body tries to cool itself off in intense conditions, vital systems can become overworked. During the process, muscles, your brain and other important organs receive less blood flow. This can cause a severe drop in your mental capacity and physical ability that can put you in serious risk for heat-related health hazards.

Here are Five Cool Tips to Help you Beat the Myrtle Beach Summer Heat!

1 – Avoid high alcohol intake during high temperatures:

Conventional wisdom (or a lack of it) has a lot of people drinking more alcohol during the Myrtle Beach summer heat. Drinking high levels of alcohol during hot weather puts you at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.

Drink a lot of water to help you beat the Myrtle Beach summer heatThe high humidity levels we often have along with our Myrtle Beach summer heat tends to interfere with sweat evaporation. This interference hinders your body’s attempts to cool itself off. When the body can’t adequately cool down, your risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke increase exponentially.

Drink lots of water, not alcohol, to help you beat the Myrtle Beach summer heat.

2 -Don’t over-exercise outdoors during high temperatures:

While many people love the fact that they can tan and exercise at the same time while on an early morning summer run, excessive exercise in high temperatures can be hazardous to your health.

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When the body loses large amounts of salt and water through excessive sweat, your chances of heat exhaustion increase dramatically. In addition, heavy workouts during high temperatures can lead to the loss of essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium, which also contributes to heat exhaustion.

3 – Drink plenty of water and fluids before going outdoors.

Many experts recommend an 8-ounce glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. After all, your body has not had any liquid put in since the night before.

It’s important to drink a sufficient amount of cold water or sports drinks to combat the possibility of dehydrating in the summer heat. There are six warning indicators that may be early signs of dehydration. These signs include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overheated
  • Dry lips
  • Dry tongue
  • Shortage of energy
  • Thirst

If these symptoms go untreated (without drinking cool fluids), they can lead to more severe types of illness including heat stroke.

4- Wear cotton clothes instead of synthetic materials:

Most people know that wearing white during the summer keeps you cooler. But were you aware that cotton clothes keep you cooler than clothes made from synthetic materials?

Synthetic materials, such as polyester, make for a good choice for outdoor clothing. However, in the summer heat, the added durability of synthetic materials compromises the fabric’s breathability. For this reason, we suggest wearing cotton clothes to aid your body’s cooling process while fighting the Myrtle Beach summer heat.

5- If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, go to a public place that does:

With temperatures and the heat-index escalating, a portable fan can only do so much when it feels like it’s 100-degrees outside.

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If you don’t have access to central air or an air conditioning unit in your home, visit a mall, library or some other public place to take advantage of the AC for a few hours out of the day.

Your chances of experiencing a heat-related illness are elevated during the hottest months of the year, so employ some of the tips listed to stay cool and beat the Myrtle Beach summer heat!

These Myrtle Beach summer heat safety tips are brought to you by Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. Call us for any of your summer related air conditioning needs. 843-497-9867.  Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook. We also post daily tips and money saving ideas on Twitter.

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