AHHHHH!!!! I just woke up this June morning to soft rain and cool temperatures after a weekend of 100% plus Texas heat. I actually thought I was dreaming! This cool, wet day is a welcome respite to what is most likely to be a record hot summer. Tomorrow’s forecast looks like this . During this time of year it is especially important for us to look out for our senior family, friends and neighbors. Check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool enough and drinking enough fluids.
Here is our tip list to stay safe in the summer heat.
- Avoid getting out in the hottest part of the day. Run errands and make appointments for early morning.
- Avoid dehydration. In addition to drinking plenty of water and sports drinks like “Gatorade”, supplement with watermelon or popsicles.
- Use your AC and ceiling fans. Keeping your house as close to the same temperature as possible all through the day keeps costs down as your unit doesn’t have to fight to cool down a hot house. Keep shades and blinds closed especially during the heat of the day. If your home AC is still not keeping you cool, try to go to the Library, Shopping Mall or Senior Center or other public center with good ac for a few hours during the day.
- Stay out of the sun if possible. Adjusting when you go outside can mean a difference of several degrees.
- Dress appropriately with loose fitting, light colored clothing. Make sure to wear a hat and don’t forget the sunscreen if you are outdoors.
Heat Exhaustion: A serious health problem caused by too much heat and dehydration. If not treated, can lead to heat stroke. Warning signs are: Heavy sweating or no sweating, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, paleness, cold or clammy skin, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fast and weak pulse, fainting. What to do: Without delay, move to a cool, shady place, drink plenty of cool fluids such as water or sports drinks. Call 911 right away if you have high blood pressure or heart or respiratory problems, or if you do not feel better quickly after moving to shade and drinking liquids. First Aid Heat Exhaustion
Heat Stroke: A very dangerous rise in body temperature. Warning signs: A body temperature of 103 degrees F or higher; red, hot and dry skin; a fast pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea or vomiting; confusion; passing out. What to do: Call 911 immediately. Move to a cool, shady place and take off or loosen heavy clothes. If possible, wet yourself with cool water, or washcloths soaked in water on wrists, ankles, armpits and neck to lower your temperature. Try to see if you can safely swallow water or sports drinks. Be sure if you are caring for someone else who has heat stroke that they are awake and can swallow before giving them liquids. First Aid Heatstroke