Posted 5:15 PM 5/27/2012 : Despite cooler weather heat exhaustion still a danger
TUCSON- It's a refreshing Memorial Day Weekend with the cooler temperatures, but experts warn, there's still a threat for heat exhaustion especially if you're out and about doing any type of strenuous activity.
It's a favorite pastime for Tucsonans and with temperatures in the 80s, who can blame cyclists for enjoying the cooler temperatures out in the sun.
"It's not so hot, and it's a lovely day. Why not? Great day for cycling," said Abe Rosin.
But even with these temperatures, the desert can be deadly, so cyclists like Abe are taking precautions.
"I carry two bottles of water with me all the time," said Abe.
Nancy Hunter has been cycling for ten years, and said she's no stranger to heat exhaustion.
"Feeling clammy and kind of nauseated..just a horrible feeling," said Hunter.
Ever since that experience, Hunter said she makes sure she's prepared.
"We always have a place scoped out where we can refill our water bottles, if not, carry a little money with you so that you can buy water if you are running low," said Hunter.
Terry McCafferty regularly cycles with Hunter.
She gave Hunter a road I.D. just in case she's alone in an emergency.
"If she'd been all by herself and somebody came along, and she was unconscious, they've got all the contact information. That's a big safety issue for me," said McCafferty.
These cyclists said their number one tip for others looking for an enjoyable ride is to stay hydrated.
This is a heat index chart you can follow when exercising outdoors:
While working outside, take sunlight into consideration as follows:
Direct Sunlight: add 15 degrees
Partly cloudy: add 10 degrees
Overcast: add 5 degrees
Working at night: no change
Hot weather tips courtesy Rural/Metro Fire department:
Stay Safe during the Heat
Very Basic Tips
• First off is the obvious- Stay inside when possible
• Drink plenty of water. Between 2-3 liters is recommended per day by the Mayo Clinic Online. If you are outside you will need more.
• Limit any physical activities to the morning or evening time to limit any heat related emergencies
• Light color clothing and loose fitting will help the body cool off better.
• If you must be outside, have a good plan. Have plenty of water for everyone, not just yourself.
• Know how long you will be out in the sun, so you don't over extend your exposure.
• High quality sun screen that will stay on during water activities and make sure to reapply.
• Take more frequent breaks. If you supervise a crew of workers be easy on them, they may not be able to do their normal work load because of the heat.
• Shade, Shade and more Shade.
• Remember your pets, especially right now because some may still have their winter fur still falling off. Extra water and maybe bring them inside as well.
• Listen to each other and pay attention to your health. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, sit down, rest, get fluids and call 911 if your symptoms persist.
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