First Responders Update

By Kelly Gordon - sifrpresident@gmail.com
President, First Responders

Last summer, we provided the community with information about hydration. I was told by many that they never saw it. As a reminder this month, I wanted to share some of the facts we point out on our hydration cards.

HYDRATE TODAY for tomorrow, every single day. It is NOT sufficient to start drinking an hour or so before you go out in the hot temperatures. Be sure to begin fueling the day before so your body is prepared.

Always keep water available and drink often. Do not forget. Once you are thirsty, you are most likely already dehydrated. It’s key that you replace electrolytes by mixing a sports drink or powder with your water. Prehydrating is vital. Remember, males require about 125 ounces and females around 90 ounces of fluid per day.

WEAR sun protection. Sunburn depletes water in our body. Putting on sunscreen, wearing appropriate clothing, and wearing a hat plays a vital role in keeping your body protected during the hot, summer months. Protecting your skin from the sun should be important year-round.

Pay attention to the color of your urine. The color of your urine is a great barometer of whether or not you’re adequately hydrating. The more dehydrated you are, the darker your urine. I always tell people, if your urine is straw-colored (pale), you are hydrated.

Being even mildly dehydrated can affect your blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate. Be mindful of symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, and weakness when you’re in the heat. If you have ANY of those symptoms, you most probably are severely dehydrated.

If you’re drinking and NOT urinating, you’re dehydrated. Make sure you are paying close attention to urine output. Like I mentioned, once you have a dry mouth and/or feel thirsty, you’ve pushed yourself and your body too far. Immediately STOP your activity and go into a cool environment, while taking in extra fluids with electrolytes.

As silly as this sounds, you actually can experience kidney or brain damage and possibly death if you become severely dehydrated. As a reminder: BEER, alcoholic drinks, soda, and coffee are not beverages to hydrate.

If you experience any signs and symptoms of severe dehydration, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Any kind of sudden brain fog or confusion can come on suddenly when you’re in the elements. Do not wait until it’s too late.

Enjoy this beautiful time of year. We are always just a phone call away.

 



This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

Visit landings.org to read the original article.
https://landings.org/news/2023/05/02/first-responders-update