BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana’s humid summer season has not reached its conclusion, and physicians with Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Hospital are issuing reminders regarding the need to stay vigilant when it comes to preventing heat-related illness.

In a Wednesday, August 10 social media post, OLOL said, “August tends to be a record-breaker when it comes to excessive high temperatures. It’s also a time when kids are getting more active with school sports.”

So, even though the recent string of afternoon/evening summer storms East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish has been experiencing lately offer some relief from the heat, caution is still needed.

In this regard, OLOL offers the five following tips that can help prevent heat-related illness:

1. Know the heat index.
The heat index is a measure of heat and humidity and can sometimes be much higher than the temperature. The higher the number, the harder it is to evaporate sweat and cool the body. When the heat index is 91 or above, take precautions, and stay hydrated and cool.

2. Hydrate before doing any outdoor activity.
To assess your hydration status, a good rule of thumb is to notice the color of your urine. Clear to pale yellow urine means your hydration is acceptable. If urine is yellow, you’re at risk. Alcohol increases urine output, which increases the risk of dehydration. If you drink alcohol, remember to drink equal amounts of water.

3. Be active early in the day or in the evening.
This obvious recommendation is not always feasible, but it’s a good reminder to plan strenuous or athletic activities and work for cooler parts of the day.

4. Wear loose fitting clothes. Remember that the body cools itself mainly by sweating and evaporating water from the skin. In order for sweat to evaporate, skin must be exposed to air. Tight fitting clothes often become soaked with sweat, and evaporation cannot take place.

5. Pay attention to your body. Become familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you or someone around you begins to experience symptoms, act immediately.

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