Extreme heat and high temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Summer has officially started so now it is the time to prepare for the hot days ahead. The CDC has reported 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States since 1999; these deaths are preventable with proper understanding and education on how to keep your body safe. Here are a few safety tips for hot weather that you need to know to remain hydrated and cool throughout the day. Your body can become ill from the heat really fast. High humidity along with personal factors such as age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease and even sunburn can affect your body’s ability to be able to cool off.
People who are 65 years or older along with children under the age of two are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. You need to closely monitor your water intake, have easy access to an air conditioned area and mentally be able to recognize the need that your body needs to cool off.
Here are some protective actions you should take if you are in the high-risk group on a hot day:
– Stay in an air-conditioned space as much as possible. You can also contact your local health department to locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area if you cannot find one.
– Drink more water than usual, do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
– Do not use the stove or oven often to cook, it can make your house hotter.
– Limit your outdoor activity. Go out after the midday since that is the part of the day when the sun is the highest and the hottest.
– Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Remember to check on your elderly friends, neighbors, and family if you know they are living alone and are at risk for a heat-related illness. Seek medical care immediately if you are having symptoms of a heat-related illness. Please check our blog on warning signs and symptoms to know the procedures and steps to take if you suspect that you or anyone else needs emergency help. Remember to enjoy the great weather and have some fun in the sun. Be safe and stay cool!
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