Hitting the beach to beat the heat? Pack wisely and stay hydratedBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 30. 2018 11:17PM
Tips for dealing with extreme heatThe American Red Cross and N.H. Department of Health and Human Services offered the following tips for staying safe in the extreme heat:
• Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
• Avoid strenuous activity between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and take frequent breaks from physical activity.
• Use a buddy system if working in excessive heat.
• Wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing.
• Never leave children, seniors or pets in a parked vehicle.
• Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and people with health conditions.
• Use air conditioning. People without air conditioning can go to an air-conditioned municipal building such as the library, a cooling center, a local theater or the mall to walk around.
• Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
• Some medications can affect the body's ability to sweat. Do NOT stop taking medications unless instructed by a doctor.
HAMPTON — With temperatures spiking into the 90s and a heat advisory issued for New Hampshire, Seacoast beaches will be packed.
Derek Schroeter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said that Tuesday looks to be the hottest day in Manchester with a high temperature of 97 degrees. And it just might get below 70 degrees at night this week.
As the weekend began, people from throughout the region were already lining Hampton Beach.
Shaelah Farrell of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Krysta Ferry, of Worcester, Mass., were there with their children. Farrell had the day off Friday and said they were having fun, but the one thing they forgot was baby powder.
Baby powder helps get sand off children, Farrell said. Other mothers echoed the same notion.
Packing sunscreen is also extremely important, said Dr. Mary Valvano, director of emergency services at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She offered some guidance to make sure people have fun while staying safe.
“The biggest mistake people make is not packing it,” Valvano said of sunscreen.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day and can be kept in a cooler with water and other food that needs to stay out of the heat.
Valvano said to stay hydrated, people need to plan ahead. For people who don’t drink much water, coconut water has as much potassium as a banana and tastes great, she said.
When it comes to food, Valvano said a good summertime tip is to look at what you’re eating through the eyes of bacteria.
“What’s delicious for bacteria?” Valvano said. “A chip? Bacteria do not think chips are delicious and can be left out.”
Anything made with mayonnaise or yogurt should probably stay on ice, Valvano said.
She also said one thing they see too often at the hospital’s emergency room is people who have misused alcohol.
“They’re feeling good. They’re thirsty. They’re consuming alcohol. At least try to match one to one with a glass of water,” Valvano said.
Alcohol is prohibited on Hampton Beach, but adults do slip across the street to the restaurants and enjoy a cocktail.
Hampton Fire Chief Jameson Ayotte said drivers need to be on the lookout for adults and children crossing the street and must remain sober.
Ayotte also is asking people traveling to the beach to leave fireworks to the professionals. They are strictly prohibited at the beach.
He said if people follow those rules and abide by the beach’s carry-in, carry-out policy, everyone will have a great time.
“We have one of the best beaches in the world,” Ayotte said.
Just 15 minutes north, Police Chief Kevin Walsh said Rye is the most fun beach in New Hampshire. Rye is where many locals go to avoid the Hampton crowd.
Walsh said the key to enjoying Rye Beach is to get there early to find a legal parking spot.
“If it’s a good beach day, you want to be there by 10 a.m. If it’s a great beach day, you need to be there by 9 a.m. to find a legal parking space,” Walsh said.
Ayotte and Walsh said people should remember the water is still cold at 60 degrees.
“People with medical conditions should be aware,” Walsh said.
Alcohol also is prohibited at Rye Beach. People also are asked not to smoke on the beach.
“The biggest thing is cigarettes are left on the beach for litter. The second thing is secondhand smoke,” Walsh said.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing more than 41,000 deaths per year, according to the American Lung Association.
Rye’s beach is known as a good spot to walk dogs, but Walsh said they are not allowed there between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from the Saturday before Memorial Day to the Saturday after Labor Day.
Back at the National Weather Service, Schroeter said a heat advisory will be in effect from noon today through Monday and that it will likely be extended into next week in Manchester.
Schroeter said by Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be in the upper 80s and near 90 even on the Seacoast, so people throughout southern New Hampshire should make a plan to keep cool.