Heat Safety Tips to Help Make Your Special Olympics World Games Experience Unforgettable and Fun
Are you attending the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)? We sure hope so! Whether you come as a fan in the stand, to cheer on a family member or friend, or to enthusiastically show your support of your country’s delegation, we want everyone to enjoy and have a safe time!
The National Weather Service has reported that starting Wednesday, above-normal temperatures are expected in Southern California. The combination of heat and humidity can be especially debilitating not only for the athletes competing in the games, but also for spectators.
More than 650 Kaiser Permanente physicians have been providing sideline medical care at four of the seven hubs where the Games are taking place and will continue to do so through the close of the Games on August 2nd.
While our physicians are making sure that the athletes are safe from the heat on the fields of play, here are some tips to help you and your loved ones prevent heat-related illnesses and continue to celebrate and be a part of the Special Olympics World Games:
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are active.
- Generously apply a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and remember to reapply.
- If possible, find a shaded area for you to sit, wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella for shade.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in hot weather, so your skin can cool through evaporation.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade, by a fan, or in air-conditioning. Cool your skin by spraying water over your body.
- If you have to stand for any length of time in a hot environment, flex your leg muscles often. This prevents blood from pooling in your lower legs, which can lead to fainting.
- Children, the elderly, people living with chronic health conditions and people who take certain medications are more likely to suffer complications from a heat-related illness. It’s recommended that these folks avoid being outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- In the event of an emergency, contact any uniformed World Games volunteer or staff in order to expedite medical assistance.