Even if gardening is not high on your list of favorite things to do, there are still important things to take care of in the hot summer months. However don't over-do it in the heat and sun as it could cause heat exhaustion and heatstroke!
Gardening In The Heat And Sun
Overdoing it, even mowing the lawn in the middle of the day, can cause heavy sweating which removes fluids from the body. There are some more susceptible to extreme heat such as infants and elderly, but even healthy persons can be affected.
*Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions requiring medical treatment. To avoid keep in mind:
• Drink plenty of water!
• Take frequent breaks.
• If possible, do most of your work in early morning or late in the day.
• Wear a broad-rim hat.
• Wear sunscreen to protect your skin when in the sun. Skin cancer is no joke!
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Dizziness, headache, fatigue, and nausea. The body temperature stays around normal, the skin feels moist and the face is pale. Breathing can be fast and shallow.
Symptoms of heatstroke: Occurs suddenly with the body temperature rising to 104 degrees or higher with a rapid, strong pulse. The skin will feel hot and may be dry. Dizziness, headache, nausea, or confusion and irritability can accompany heatstroke. In the worse case, victims can become unconscious. Seek medical help immediately if these symptoms occur.
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