Heat can take down anyone. Even strong, healthy, athletic individuals can be stricken by extreme temperatures, prolonged sun exposure and dehydration, all of which are always a risk in Florida. Every year, heat claims an average of 658 lives nationwide – more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. Dehydration diminishes physical and mental abilities, and is a risk factor for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Taking common sense steps during extreme temperatures can prevent heat-related illnesses. When it’s very hot, we may need 1 to 1.5 quarts of fluid intake per hour (two or three 16-ounce bottles) just to maintain good hydration. People doing moderate exercise may want drinks with electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and carbohydrates.