The heat has arrived and hydration is key

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

mon133127.jpg

By Bud Paine

Pinal Rural Fire Rescue

Special to the Copper Basin News

Water is essential to life. The desert plants, insects, and animals have learned how to adapt to the low humidity and intense heat of a Sonoran summer. But humans need to take special care to drink enough water to stay hydrated.

There is no set rule on how much is needed to drink, since the amount of water taken in is dependent on how much is lost in perspiration, respiration and excretion. A good way to tell if you are sufficiently hydrated is urine color and output. Urine should be pale yellow in color with no odor, and sufficient in volume. If urine is the color of apple juice, you need to drink more liquids.

Remember to take sufficient water with you when hiking. It’s recommended that you take a minimum of one gallon per person. This may seem excessive, but you’ll be surprised at how much water you will drink with exercise.

For other forms of physical activity, whether it is bicycle riding, horseback riding or sports, you should keep in mind the importance of remaining hydrated. When engaged in activities causing heavy perspiration, you may need to replace electrolytes as well as fluid.

Be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses, for yourself and those around you:

Dehydration: headache, fatigue, lightheadedness

Heat cramps: muscle cramps

Heat exhaustion: nausea, dizziness, fainting

Heat stroke: lack of perspiration, confusion (call 911 as this can be life threatening!)

The Sonoran sun is intense, and the need to protect your skin from its UV rays is vital if you plan to be outside for extended periods of time. The sun’s rays are most intense from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dermatologists recommend that you use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater, and wear long sleeves, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses during those hours.

Enjoy your recreation and trips out and about in the Sonoran desert but do it safely! Be sure to protect the children too.

admin (7655 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Maintenance work on SR 77 (Oracle Road) in Pinal County

    November 21st, 2014
    by

    The Arizona Department of Transportation will be shifting all northbound SR 77 (Oracle Road) traffic onto the left lane of […]


    Work on SR 77 in Catalina, north of Tucson

    November 21st, 2014
    by

    Motorists traveling on State Route 77 (Oracle Road), north of Oro Valley to Catalina, should be aware of the following […]


    Injury Leads AZGFD to Warn Against Walking Dogs Near Javelina, Feeding Them

    November 21st, 2014
    by

    TUCSON – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a weekend incident in which a resident of Tucson’s northwest […]


    Pinal County’s 1891 Courthouse Having Lights Installed for the Holidays

    November 21st, 2014
    by

    Florence – Pinal County’s Facilities Maintenance Department is getting the 1891 Courthouse in the holiday spirit. Director Tom Celaya and […]


  • Stories Just For You

    Resolution Copper Mining begins worker trainee program

    February 6th, 2014
    by

    SUPERIOR, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2014 – Resolution Copper Mining is beginning a Worker Trainee Program as part of its commitment […]


    Oracle Schools to consider moving kindergarten to the Mountain Vista Campus

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    By Dennis Blauser Superintendent, Oracle Schools On Feb. 18 the Oracle School District Governing Board will discuss the idea of […]


    Enjoy a day of outdoor recreation and history at the Third Annual Legends of Superior Trails Eco-Tourism Festival

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    The Legends of Superior Trails invites you to enjoy a day of history, and adventure at the Third Annual Legends […]


    Couple who held daughters captive in Pima County now facing Pinal County charges

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    A couple accused of keeping the wife’s three daughters captive in Pima County are now facing added charges in Pinal […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin