Heat Safety tips from Texas Parks & Wildlife

July 11, 2018
by Andrew Ainsworth

Texas Parks & Wildlife reminds Park users to stay safe in the Summer Heat

Consistent high temperatures are here and the deeper we go into July it will only continue. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is reporting that they’ve had a higher rate of rescue this summer for heat related illnesses compared to past years. With this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to publish some notes on how to prevent, recognize, and address some common heat related illness and heat related dangers that you should be aware of as you make use of our Parks here in Rockwall.

Tips to prevent heat related illness 

  • Drink Water: The number one way you can protect yourself from heat related illness is to hydrate! Drink water primarily, Gatorade is good to mix in but water should your primary source. A good rule of thumb is drink 16oz of water about every hour that you are in the heat. *Keep in mind if you’re out with your Doggo the same rule applies!
  • Clothing : If you know you’re planning to be out in the parks its recommended you wear light, light colored, loose-fitting and breathable clothing. In addition I would recommend wearing a hat, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen 20 minutes before being out in the heat to yourself and any kids with you.
  • Proper Nutrition: Make sure you bring a snack with you. Snacks help keep up your levels of salt  and will provide the needed energy to keep you feeling good.
  • Plan Ahead: If you are exploring our trials here in Rockwall but aren’t familiar with them, I recommend you take a little time to preview the trail before you go.
    • You can see some trail maps by clicking here.

Tips to recognize and address heat related illness:

When a person displays signs of a heat related illness, most commonly you will one or more of these symptoms; cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, or a change in consciousness. If you see a person displaying some of these symptoms there are a few very basic things you can do to prevent the heat related illness from getting worse. The most common forms of treatment for addressing a heat related illness is to loosen or remove any tight or heavy clothing, move the person to the coolest location available, provide small amounts of cool not cold water, provide cold compresses for them to put on their neck and head.
*Again, these are just the broad brush recommendations for treating early signs  of a heat related illness*

References:
KXAN
Red Cross

About

Howdy,
I’m originally from Round Rock just north of Austin. I’m a 2011 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station(Whoop!). I love to be outside and probably my greatest outdoor activity would have to be fishing or camping. I like to kayak fish on Phelps Lake here in Rockwall or on Hubbard if the weather is nice.