Heat Safety

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.


CDC on heat stress 

CDC on extreme heat

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

American College of Sports Medicine on hydration