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Preventing Heat-Related Injuries as Summer Temperatures are Rising

Preventing Heat-Related Injuries as Summer Temperatures are Rising

The summer days are getting longer and hotter. Summer sun in Georgia can be brutal and has been the cause for many injuries in past summers. With temperatures reaching 100° F and humidity becoming so profuse, Georgians must be cautious while outdoors.

Going for a ride on a motorcycle or bicycle could result in one of the three heat-related syndromes- heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

Heat cramps: painful muscle spasms from intense heat (and humidity)

Heat exhaustion: where the body overheats and therefore has trouble to function properly

Heat stroke: when the body temperature reaches 104° F or higher which can cause damage to the brain, heart, and kidneys

Georgia cyclists alike should:

  • Keep tabs on the weather
  • Wear the appropriate gear
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Ride with extra gear in case of emergency

In our article about potential heat-caused injuries, we explain the signs motorcyclists and cyclists can watch for. The human body tries to protect its core organs by sweating, vasodilatation, reduced blood pressure, and increased heat rate.

Translated, that means a rider could feel dizzy and nauseous as well as experience bad headaches and muscle cramps.

Please be careful as summer continues- take care of yourself while riding. Take precautions to avoid heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.


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