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Summertime Safety: How to beat the heat

Is summertime living easy as the old song says? It can be, but it’s important to remember that summer has its own set of hazards like heat waves that can be life-threatening.

Enjoy your summer and beat the heat with a few basic tips:

Heat Waves: Lasting a Day to Several Weeks

Two health concerns during these periods of hot weather are the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The CDC warns that muscle cramping can be the first sign of a heat related illness.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting and fainting. Heat exhaustion victims should take steps to cool down – move to a cooler location, sip water, loosen clothing, apply cool wet cloths to the body and, if vomiting, seek medical attention.

Heatstroke is something that older people, and people who take medication for high blood pressure, are especially susceptible to experiencing. Heatstroke symptoms include a high body temperature above 103 degrees, hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid or strong pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and possible unconsciousness. Heatstroke is considered a medical emergency. If you are with someone who displays the symptoms of heatstroke, dial 911, move them to a cooler location, apply cool cloths or get them in a cool bath or shower, but don’t give them fluids.

  • Use box and ceiling fans
  • Take cool baths and showers
  • Wring out a bandana in cool water and put it around your head or neck
  • Soak your feet in cool water
  • Turn off as many heat generators as possible: unwatched TVs, unused computers, lights that you don’t need
  • Limit oven and stove use
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Go somewhere that is air conditioned – the movies, the library or a mall
  • Check your pet’s safety and make sure they have lots of water
  • Don’t take pets with you if you’ll be leaving them in the car for even a minute

Avoiding heat related illnesses doesn’t mean becoming a hermit. While it’s a good idea to stay in air conditioned environments – home, car and other buildings – people most likely to die of heatstroke are those who are confined to bed, who don’t leave home daily and can’t take care of themselves. If you have a friend or family member who fits these criteria, be sure to check on them during periods of extreme heat.

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