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Travel Insured during Summer

Jul 8, 2008
Are you travelling this summer? Over exposure to heat can be especially bad for the elderly and children. Following some basic precautions can keep you safe.

1. Be indoors if you can between 10 am and 2pm. These are the times that are the hottest in a day. Stay in the shade or plan indoor activities during that time.

2. When outside, dress comfortably in light colored, light weight clothing that is loose. Hats are very useful to shield your face and neck in hot weather. It is very important to wear clothes made with natural fibers so they can breathe.

3. Even if you do not have any direct exposure to the sun, you must wear sunscreen with SPF rating of at least 30. Read the labels for directions to re apply. Almost all of them require re application every few hours for maximum protection.

4. Drink a lot of water because it is easy to lose fluids in the heat. Do not wait till you are thirsty. It is better to drink small quantities of water throughout the day instead of large amounts at infrequent intervals. Do not consume excessive alcohol or drinks with too much sugar, it can cause dehydration.

5. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur during extreme heat conditions. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition that can be fatal. It can come about suddenly and result in loss of consciousness. When the sweating mechanism fails it can lead to extremely high body temperature and make the skin hot, red and dry. You must cool the skin with cold water and ice and take the person to the hospital immediately.

6. Heat exhaustion is more common and less serious. It is caused due to water and electrolyte loss. The person may exhibit signs of weakness and excessive sweating accompanied by a weak pulse and muscle cramps. The skin can be pale and clammy. Let the victim take some rest in the shade or in an air conditioned room. Provide fluids in frequent intervals.

Make sure you have adequate travel or visitor health insurance to protect you in case of an emergency. Speak to your insurance agent before you go out on your trip. Enjoy your summer!
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