KSAT Community partners offer warnings about dehydration and heatstroke

June is summer safety month

By Julie Moreno
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SAN ANTONIO - KSAT Community partners are teaming up to help people stay safe this summer. June is Summer Safety Month. Every Thursday during the month of June, people can visit a participating Corner Store location and learn more about dehydration and heatstroke prevention.

One important summer safety concern is proper hydration. San Antonio gets hot in the summer and KSAT Community partners want people to stop and “think to drink.”

Sparkling water is really popular, but you may want to think twice about the bubbly water if you’re being physically active, because the carbonation may cause you to become bloated or even to throw up.

Gatorade and other power drinks can also be good sources of hydration, but are still not the best option.

“Really, just the best thing is water. A lot of times we don’t need things like electrolyte replacement. Again, they’re good things but really the best is to drink (plain) water,” said Jennifer Northway, injury prevention director with University Health System and Safe Kids SA Coalition.

Northway also warns against sugary drinks such as sodas and teas. They are bad sources of hydration.

The best bet is to drink water at least every 30 minutes.

Related: Local organizations offer tips on preventing hot car deaths

On Thursday, KSAT Community partner, University Health System will be giving out more summer safety tips at the Corner Store at 5230 N. Loop 1604 W. - near Loop 1604 and Vance Jackson - from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People will also be able to get Corner Store drinks for 99 cents, event coupons, and will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card.

KSAT Community partners include Corner Store, University Health System and Security Service Federal Credit Union.

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