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Author Topic: Field Trip Handy Info Sheet Beat the Heat, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke  (Read 279 times)

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Field Trip Handy Info Sheet Beat the Heat, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke    please feel free to add to this list....mary

 Surviving heat waves & really hot weather
Water, water, water.
 Stay hydrated - extra water is critical for hot days.
 Please bring a minimum of 4 bottles of water for yourself.
 Preferably 8 bottles & can be frozen the night before.
Don’t forget your sunscreen!
 Canteens are handy - camelbacks are even handier.
 Some sites are in the middle of nowhere (hence, food is inaccessible).
 Veggie / fruity lunch & snacks are best.
 Meats & nuts (‘coz “high” protein) can make you hotter.
 Even though nuts can make you hotter, it’s a good idea to a have a few salted ones on you anyway - sweating makes you lose salt - and salt loss can be as dangerous as heat stroke.

 Wear a sweat band on your forehead - scarves also work well. You can always keep the scarf wet - which also helps to keep you cool.
 Avoid dark colours - light colours reflect the sun better.
 Loose/looser clothing also keeps you cooler.
 To the best of your ability, wear cotton or silk - cooler than synthetic materials.
 ‘Coz you’re in safety boots, wear cotton socks (cooler than synthetic materials).

 Bring a spray bottle of water - actually does keep you cooler.
 If you add lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree oil to the spray, you also keep the bugs away.

 If you feel “way too hot”, please get under some sort of shade or get into your car & turn on the air conditioning - and then drink loads of water.
Find shade.
 If you feel faint or dizzy, call your Trip Leader’s cell phone immediately, please.
 No running or over-exertion, please. Move slowly - trudging is completely acceptable.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion
 cool, clammy skin with "goose bumps"
 heavy sweating
 fatigue
 light-headedness, dizziness
 problems with physical coordination
 muscle cramps
 headache
 nausea

Heat exhaustion & stroke effects can last a couple of days.
If you continue to show signs of heat exhaustion after 30 minutes, then the Field Trip Leader will call 911. You probably have heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat stroke
 high fever (104oF/40oC)
 severe headache
 light-headedness or dizziness
 disorientation or confusion
 irrational behavior
 irritability or emotional instability
 nausea or vomiting
 muscle weakness and cramps
 flushed or red skin
 lack of sweating, dry skin
 rapid heartbeat
 rapid, shallow breathing
 seizures

Other participants: While waiting for the ambulance, we’ll move the person to shade, give them water (nothing else, please), and apply “ice” or water - particularly to armpits, groin, neck, & back.

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Add avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating and same for caffeine if you will be out on a hot day since caffeine is diuretic.


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  Some more ideas:   Broad brimmed hat. Also lots of Gator Ade type fluids along with the water to get back those electrolytes.  Only Bananas, apples and other fruit to help restore electrolyes, ----> NO potassium etc. , supplements.   A wet bandanna around the neck:  cools down the jugular as it evaporates.  A big - xl + white cotton shirt from the thrift store worn over your clothes. Sun glasses, and those over the glasses rubber goggles from Harbor Freight, when banging on rocks with any tool you use.  Bring as much supplemental water stored in those  white gallon jugs as you can.  Drink BEFORE you get thirsty.  This is crucial!!!

NEVER Hound alone in wilderness areas, esp here in AZ, anytime. 

 I live in Arizona, and even in late October, it will get very hot. (Am retired)  In AZ, Summer time is late May through early October and it's pretty rugged and not recommended.  I go north up into OR, WA and BC to rock hound there during those months.  Lots of friends in Portland and Pullyup, WA.  Fun is what it is all about.   
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