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Summer Heat Safety Tips


Summer Heat can be dangerous-even deadly- if you don't take the proper precautions.  Everyone should take the proper precautions

Everyone should follow these basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure. Keep these suggestions in mind:

  •  During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside.  If possible, stay inside an air-conditioned building.  These hours are typically from mid morning, until mid afternoon.
  • Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.  When temperatures climb above 90 degrees, it is important to drink at least a gallon of liquid per day.  Those who are overweight need more. 
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, or beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine when temperatures are high, as they can lead to dehydration. 
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.
  • Move your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.
  • Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run  to do a quick errand. 
  • Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting, or experience cramps. 
  • Stay on the lowest level of your home. 
  • Use a fan.  Don’t place the fan in front of the window because it will push in hot air. 
  • Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum. 
  • If you know an elderly person might be exposed to the heat, try to visit them twice a day if it is extremely hot.

Help your elderly person get to know their neighbors so they are not so isolated. 

  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion
  • Breathing that is shallow and fast.
  • Clammy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Loss of color in skin
  • Nausea
  • Pale Complexion
  • Pulse that is fast and weak

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