Staying Cool in the Summertime

This summer here in Marquette we’ve reached peak temperatures in the 90s. We’ve had perfect weather for some fun times in the sun, but how do you know when you’ve overdone it?

Dr. Tara Robinette is UP Health System-Portage’s Emergency Department Medical Director and Physician. She spoke with us this week about common summertime injuries they see in their emergency department and how to prevent them.

Mild symptoms can be hotness, and sweating, while more severe symptoms are heavy sweating, faintness, dizziness, or fatigue. It’s important to be able to recognize these signs in yourselves and others to stay safe in the summer. 

If you’re starting to feel faint from the sun, don’t get behind the wheel. Get inside or in the shade where it’s cooler, drink cold fluids with electrolytes, or try putting a cold ice pack on the back of your neck. 

To prevent overexposure to the sun, try to make plans outside of the peak hours of the day. Early mornings and afternoons tend to be cooler and will keep you out of more direct sunlight. Try to take breaks from the sun as well, don’t wait until you’re feeling sick to head inside, take regular breaks from the heat and sun.

And, of course, don’t forget your sunscreen!