According to the New York Times, this summer is expected to be warmer than normal over most of the United States, including the Midwest.1 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its monthly climate trends report which further supports this summer being a scorcher.1 With this in mind, it is good to brush up on summer heat tips to avoid overheating, dehydration, and heat stroke.
Summer is a wonderful time to many, as it brings longer daytimes and warmer temperatures. However, everyone, especially older adults, need to be mindful to stay hydrated, avoid overheating, and keep open skin protected from the sun.
To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you are not thirsty. The heat makes us perspire more. We need to replace the body’s lost fluids more often when it is hot. Avoid alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks with caffeine, as they actually remove fluids from our body.
To avoid overheating and possible heat stroke, slow down and stay indoors more when it is hot. Avoid going out into the blazing heat, if possible. Keep the shades drawn and blinds closed in your home to help keep the heat out. Also, keep electric lights off or turned down to keep them from adding to the indoor heat.
Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing. Take cool baths or showers when you are hot, or use wet towels to help cool off. Be sure to wear sunscreen if you do go out.
Eat small, light meals. Avoid cooking with an oven.
Do not forget that your pets get hot, too. Here is what you can do for them.
If an animal must be kept outdoors when it is hot, make sure it has daily access to shade and fresh water. When a pet is outdoors, use a children’s wading pool for the animal to get relief from the heat with the cooler water. The use of garden misters can also provide relief from the heat.
Never leave your pet in your car, even with the widows partly open. Leave your pet at home, with shade and fresh water available.
Clip short an animal’s coat– but not so short, that the animal can be sunburned. Exercise pets in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.
Remember to check on family members, friends and neighbors. If needed, call 9.1.1 if you or anyone you know needs medical attention.
For more information, or to find out where you can get a free box fan, call your local senior center or use the link below to Contact the Egyptian AAA.