Parade and festival season in Minnesota is such a fun time of year, drawing people to the outdoors for fun in the sun.

But numerous factors at these events can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke, which is why Mayo Clinic Health System is reminding people of some easy preventive steps to stay cool.

“Heatstroke is usually due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or physical exertion in high temperatures,” says Dr. Brian Bartlett at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

Heatstroke is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. The good news is that it’s often predictable and preventable.

 

Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:

  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing.

 

  • Protect against sunburn.

 

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

 

  • Take extra precautions with certain medications.

 

· Never leave anyone in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children.