An Article by Worsley Training – First Aid Trainers in and around Wiltshire
Look out for the signs and symptoms of Heat Exhaustion (as listed on the image) and please catch it before it develops into the more serious Heat Stroke.
If you have any of these, then move to a cool place, drink plenty of water, lie down and cool with a fan and/or wet sponges around the armpits, neck and groin. You should be back to normal within 30 minutes.
Prevention is always better than cure so:
- Aim to drink between 2 and 5 litres of water per day (more if another type of drink but avoid alcohol and caffeine), depending on your level of exercise
- Cool down with baths, showers or get the paddling pool out
- Wear light-coloured, loose clothing
- Sprinkle water over skin or clothes
- Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
Keep a more careful eye on children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes or heart problems) as they are more prone to heat illnesses.
The easiest way to tell if you are hydrated is the colour of your pee (unless you are having a wild one). So choose your favourite from prosecco / chardonnay / champagne and aim for that shade!