It is very important for a wheelchair user to protect them from heat exhaustion when they are outdoors. Heat-related health problems such as a heat stroke can permanently damage a person’s organs or lead to death. Here are some tips so that you can avoid getting a heat stroke while out and about.
Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping yourself hydrated should be a no-brainer when outdoors. A water bottle or something similar will do the trick, make sure you always have a cool drink available for you to consume. This is imperative when it comes to avoiding heat exhaustion. Water should be your main source of hydration; any sugared drinks will do the opposite and put you at greater risk of becoming a victim of heat exhaustion.
Make Sure you Bring a Cellphone
When you are out and about, there are always things that are not in your control that can happen. You should always have a cellphone with you so that you can phone for help if something goes wrong. This includes succumbing to a heat stroke or suffering from an injury.
Take your Caregiver or Family with You
While it is possible for you to be outdoors independently you should think about inviting someone to come along. This greatly reduces your chances of becoming dehydrated as that person can remind you to drink your water from time to time. You could also benefit from having someone there in the event that something goes wrong while you are out and about, they can provide physical assistance.
Don’t go out during peak temperature hours
It is important that you plan your schedule according to the weather forest for the day. Peak hours for high temperatures are usually between 12-3 pm, so make sure you plan your day around that time frame to avoid any problems.
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