Check out these backyard living areas! Which one would be your favorite spot to beat the Tennessee heat? 

These examples would be an easy way to avoid the oppressive heat. Remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate if you have to be out and about and use caution in over doing any outdoor activities. Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you in ninety degree weather with a high heat index rather quickly.

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it's essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can't get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommended strategies include:

  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
  • Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. Age, working outdoors, taking certain medications, and certain health conditions can put you at higher risk of getting overheated.  Don't forget your animals that go outside. They can have a heat stroke too.

Know before you go, think before you do, be prepared and stay cool! 

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