Tips for staying safe in the summer heat | Leaf Probably

PORTMOUTH — This summer could be one of the most anticipated in recent years.

COVID-19 is still with us, but we are learning to live with it as we move from the pandemic phase to an endemic state of mind.

We’ve all longed for fun in the sun, but there are steps to take to ensure it’s fun while still being safe.

dr Christopher Couture is an Orthopedic Specialist with Seacoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. He works a lot with athletes, but said many of the same safety tips can apply to everyone.

dr  Christopher Couture

“People get into trouble when they underestimate the power of the sun and the heat,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to be extra careful, it’s a lot better than not caring enough.”

Drink water (and what to do if you drink alcohol)

Couture said water for hydration is one of the greatest needs of people who are going to be outdoors.

“Drink water every 15 to 30 minutes,” he said. “If possible, plan outdoor activities early in the day or later when the sun isn’t as strong. Watch your stamina as it may not be the same as in cooler weather. The sun drains your physical energy.”

dr  Blake sun

dr Blake Sonne, an emergency medicine specialist at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, said alcohol and caffeinated substances are not good choices in the Sonne.

“Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics,” he said, “which can contribute to dehydration and put you at higher risk.” When you sweat, you lose salt and that needs to be replaced. Sports drinks with electrolytes can help maintain balance.”

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