MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Have a nice sunny day.
And the hot temperatures are also here in the Upper Peninsula.
But sometimes the temperatures rise to dangerous levels in summer.
And before we know it, the heat can be harmful to our health, especially if we forget that glass of water before setting out, whether it’s for a daytime jog or work in the garden.
“Really, if you’ve waited to get thirsty you’ve waited too long,” said Brett Conklin, YMCA of Marquette County Director of Personal Training and Fitness.
Conklin reminds to stay hydrated before and during any prolonged activity outdoors – avoiding sugary drinks as this can lead to dehydration.
“(Maintain a) continuous water consumption, not too much, but continuous over an extended period of time. In fact, if you consume too much water at once, you could be contributing to your body’s dehydration, as this fluid will simply flush out your electrolytes and flow through your system rather than hydrating you, ”he added.
Muscle cramps are a sign of heat exhaustion or stroke, which can happen to any of us.
the National Road Safety Administration (NHTSA) says heat stroke begins when our body temperature reaches 104 degrees – 107 degrees is enough to kill a child.
And there is no greater risk of leaving a child or a pet inside your car on a hot day.
“(In a) vehicle in 10 minutes a day at 80 degrees can heat up to 20 degrees. That would make your vehicle 100 degrees inside. And then in 30 minutes it would reach 30 degrees higher to make it 110 degrees. It would cause heat exhaustion on any pet. Cracking windows does not help, “explained Fire and rescue in the township of Marquette Deputy Chief Robert Cochran.
Deputy Fire Chief Cochran also said to call 911 immediately if you see a child or animal left inside a vehicle – and to leave it all to the experts.
“We don’t want anyone to get in trouble or be held responsible for breaking a vehicle or breaking a window on a vehicle. Rescuers will assess the situation and act accordingly, ”he said.
Stay hydrated, watch your exercise as the day warms up – and don’t forget the sunscreen.
“The most important thing is to monitor your intensity and know when to lower your intensity. Understand that heat has a huge impact on your body’s ability to function, ”explained Director of Personal Training and Fitness, Conklin.
Learn more about thermal safety tips and resources from the National Weather Service (NWS) HERE.
Information on solar safety and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) UV index forecast can be found HERE.
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