Staying Safe In the High Summer Heat
Summer is here and the temperatures are already breaking records all across the country. The combination of high heat, the beautiful Florida sun, and a vigorous theme park touring strategy can make for disaster if we don't take care. Be sure not to let your Walt Disney World vacation turn into a family emergency due to heat illness. Know the signs and symptoms, have a plan to get out of the heat and sun to cool down. It's a good idea to locate the First Aid Station on your Park Map before you start your day.
Personal Trainer, and WDWFG Forum Member Sammy Bizzle shared some great tips on the forum that I thought were worth putting on our front page.
"Early signs of heat illness can include profuse sweating, thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, and light-headed feeling." Those sound pretty typical for a theme park tourist in the summer sun. So here's what he said that you really need to pay attention to. "The most important thing that you can do it to just be aware of your body. You know it better than anyone else." If you start to feel ill, let the people that you're traveling with know and take a break.
Browsing through our forms you'll get some great advice from Disney touring veterans and WDWFG readers agree that the best way to escape the heat is to go back to the room during the hottest part of the day. Some hit the pool, others advocate a nap, but almost all agree that some time in the air conditioning to cool down and take a rest. If you don't feel like heading back to your room, you can always make a trip to the AMC Theater at Downtown Disney for a movie.
Here are some more great tips for beating the heat from of our forum members!
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
- Dress in Light Colors and Breathable Fabrics
- Indulge in a Frozen Treats like Mickey Bars, Dole Whips and Kakigori
- Use a Personal Mister and/or Fan
- Wear a Hat with a Brim
- Take Breaks in Air Conditioned Attractions
Sammy let us know that if you do suspect that you or a traveling partner are succumbing to a heat related illness there are a few things that you can do:
- Lie down in a cool place and raise your feet about 12 inches. The Park's First Aid Station is a fantastic choice!
- Apply cool wet cloths to the skin. Wet Napkins will work just fine.
- Sip gatorade, or water with salt added, about 1/2 a cup every 30 minutes. Don't drink too much, or too fast.
- Heat stroke can send your body into shock so if lips turn blue call 911
Do you have tips for beating the heat in Disney? A story to share? Leave a comment and let us know how you make it through the hot summer sun!