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Mesa’s Banner Baywood stresses heat safety

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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:47 am

Temps are climbing, and so is the possibility — or in some cases probability — of heat stroke and other heat-related illness.

Mesa’s Banner Baywood Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, is urging Valley residents to take all necessary precautions when dealing with a typically-intense Arizona summer.

According to information provided by Banner Baywood, “In Arizona, where the dry, summer temperatures reach above the 110-degree mark regularly, it’s easier for outdoor enthusiasts to develop heat stroke as the body has no breeze or precipitation from humidity to help cool itself.”

In addition to staples like staying hydrated with plenty of water — sports drinks work to replenish, but water is most important — and avoiding outside activity during the hot part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Banner Baywood reminds that you should pay attention to your body. Warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stress are easy to spot, and include dizziness, cramping, heavy sweating, headache, and nausea or vomiting.

Cool showers or baths, finding shade, drinking plenty of water, or finding an air conditioned space can help aid in recovery.

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