How to avoid dehydration in this heat


Those who have jobs out in the heat know just how dangerous it can be. Drinking enough fluid is vital. But just how much is enough?

It’s recommended during a heat wave to drink half-a-gallon of water. Doctors also recommend to get some electrolytes.

The heat can take its toll on the human body.

“We try not to feel that way, but it’s pretty, unavoidable at the end of the day,” said Michael Ray Miller, installs hardwood floors.

“The big thing is to tell people to really avoid dehydration,” said Dr. Ryon Parker, Parker Medical.

That means not waiting until you’re thirsty to drink water. 

“Do not forget your water bottle. So, make sure if you’re going to be active outdoors, you always carry your water bottle with you,” Dr. Parker said.

But how much should the average person take with them in this heat?

“Typically I recommend anywhere from 16 to 20 ounces.”

With the excessive heat, avoiding dehydration is key. That is why you want to keep the signs of dehydration in mind.

“Rapid heart rate. People often times feel really dizzy. They’ll feel really shaky, pale,” Dr. Parker said.

Often times heat exhaustion and heat stroke occurs when the body is overwhelmed with too much heat. You can lose a lot of that with sweating, so you want to replace as much of that as possible, especially for those who work outside.

“For a lot of the landscapers or construction crew the big thing, I say, is make sure you are wearing  loose fit clothing. With sweating you loose a lot of those electrolytes. I recommend a lot of water but also those sports related drinks.”

“Mine is at  52-ounce and I usually  kill this by the end of the day,” said outdoor worker Eric Michael Shurtliff.

“We don’t really look forward to it, but you can’t leave people out there stranded,” Ed Fu, tow truck worker.

“Like I said, there’s no way to avoid it, Miller said. “We are not in the AC environment. Usually someone keeps going and then they start feeling pretty good. The heat is not bothering them and that’s usually a sign that they are too exhausted and they’ll just collapse on us.”

Physician Ryon Parker recommends drinking at least 1 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes especially when you are outside.

“Make sure you fill up a large container of water before you leave for the day and carry it with you. Just know by the end of that day you better drink all of that to avoid the dehydration.”

Another thing to remember is that anyone expecting to stay at the pool for multiple hours should drink water beforehand and also bring water with them. 

Clark County pools hold “safety breaks” every two hours where swimmers are required to exit the pool for 15 minutes drink water and apply sunscreen.

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