Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012 -- With temperatures expected to go into the 100's this weekend, it's important for everyone to stay hydrated and follow some precautions when out in the heat. Here are some good tips for staying cool when walking to and from the bus stop and waiting for the bus.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure you're well hydrated before you leave the house and take a bottle of water with you. Try to drink 1 cup of water for every mile you walk (every 15 - 20 minutes) or whenever you feel thirsty. Bottled water is allowed on the bus when it's excessively hot outside.

Wear Proper Clothing

Try to wear light colors and breathable fabrics when outside. It's also a good idea to wear a hat and be sure to put on sunscreen.

Know the Symptoms

Extreme heat poses health risks such as dehydration and heat stroke. Symptoms of these illnesses include confusion, anxiety and loss of consciousness. If you experience any of these symptoms stop and seek treatment.

WalkArlington has a great info graphic (PDF) [broken link removed Feb. 17, 2017] that provides more tips for staying cool during the hot days of summer. Be safe when outside and dealing with the heat!


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