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How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion When Out in the Sun

Enjoying some beach time and having fun in the sun is a great way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation. But if you're not careful, heat exhaustion may occur and can be very dangerous. Here are some tips to remember to avoid heat exhaustion.

Listen To Your Body - If you feel too hot, too thirsty or are extremely uncomfortable, don't wait. Get cool and grab for a non-alcoholic non-sugary liquid to help with the heat. You also have increased risk of heat exhaustion if you have a sunburn, are dehydrated or have been drinking alcohol.

Wear Loose, Light Colored Clothing - Dark colored clothing absorb the sun's rays and can increase the effects of the heat.

Drink Plenty of Water - Don't wait until you get thirsty to hydrate. Drinking alcohol and caffeine also dehydrates you so be sure to drink water before you head out into the sun.

Avoid Being Out During the Hottest Times of the Day - 10am to 2pm is when the sun is strongest.Try to avoid outdoor activities between the midday hours when the sun’s rays are the most direct. If you are out and about, take it slow and be sure to apply sunscreen every 2 hours.

Keep and Eye on Children and the Elderly - Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to heat exhaustion as well as those who are overweight, have heart disease or other illnesses that affect blood flow. Be sure to check on them regularly and let them drink plenty of water.





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