After the cold winter we’ve had, few of us are likely to complain about the heat this summer. But, there is no getting around the fact that we’ve had some dangerously hot days in recent years – especially for those who work outdoors or who don’t have adequate access to fans and air conditioning.
Community members who are homebound or ill, including a significant number of area seniors, can be particularly impacted by warm weather.
This summer, be on guard for the following symptoms of heat stress in yourself or your friends and family:
•Hot dry skin (without sweat)
•Confusion or loss of consciousness
•Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
If you have any of these symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention.
There also are things you can do to stay cool on the hottest of summer days:
•Stay out of direct sunlight
•Remain in cooler rooms
•Use fans or air conditioners to keep air circulating
•Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water, juices and other beverages per day. (Those with a medical condition that restricts fluid intake should consult with their doctors)
•Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing
•Eat small meals throughout the day, including a good breakfast
•Take cool baths or showers
With care and caution, we can all have a safe and enjoyable summer.