As temperatures rise and heat records fall, a Bayhealth physician has insight on how to keep you safe from the heat.


As temperatures rise and heat records fall, a Bayhealth physician has insight on how to keep you safe from the heat.

Bayhealth Assistant Chair of Emergency Medicine Ed Sciullo, DO, says the emergency department at Bayhealth Milford Memorial has treated an average of five to six heat related illnesses each week since the onset of the scorching temperatures this month. 

Here are several key steps you take to keep yourself out of the danger zone:

Drink cool water every 15 minutes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to hydrate yourself. Remember, alcohol makes your body lose water. If you’re working outside, take regular and frequent breaks. Rest helps your body recover from the heat. Seek the shade. If it’s possible, get yourself under cover to reduce your exposure to the sun and to keep your body temperature down. If you’re exercising outdoors, try to do so before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m., when the sun is not at its peak.