Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness & Hot Tips to Stay Cool

Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness –  Signs and Symptoms May Include:

o Weakness
o Headache
o Dizziness
o Muscle cramps
o Nausea or vomiting
o Rapid heartbeat

If you experience these symptoms, get out of the heat immediately.  Drink water, and wet and fan your skin.  If you don’t feel better within 60 minutes, contact your doctor.  If you develop a fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C) or become faint or confused, seek professional medical help.  Regular physical activity is important, but don’t let hot weather activities put your health at risk.


  • Soak a t-shirt in the sink in cool water (not cold or chilled water), wring it out, put it on and sit in the shade or in front of a fan.  (You may want to save this one for when you’re alone, unless you’re going for that ‘wet t-shirt’ contest!)
  • Fill a plastic spray bottle with water and freeze over night.  You will have a cool mist that lasts for hours.
  • Soak your feet in cold water.  The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will naturally cool the body. 
  • Wear light colors darker colors will absorb the sun’s rays and be warmer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat.
  • Minty fresh use mint scented or menthol lotions and soaps to cool your skin.
  • More alcohol just the rubbing alcohol please!  Put some rubbing alcohol on a damp washcloth and hold it on the back of your neck and sit near a fan.  The evaporative effect can feel 30 degrees cooler.

    These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid.  They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely. 

    1.  Wash and dry green or red grapes.
    2.  Place in sealable plastic bag.
    3.  Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
    4.  Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

    Have a wonderful summer!                                                             — Curt Hendrix

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