Extreme heat can be a killer. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people die each year in the U.S. due to extreme heat, often from heatstroke, which occurs when the body’s temperature reaches 104° F or higher.
People often don’t realize the dangers of extreme heat. Older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, are most at risk because their bodies aren’t as adept at regulating their temperature. Especially people with certain chronic medical conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Here are some tips to stay safe In the summer heat:
• Stay in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible, especially during the warmest parts of the day, typically 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to the New York State Department of Health, electric fans are not as effective at cooling Indoor air temperatures In the high 90s.
• Do any vigorous activities during the coolest parts of the day. Outdoor projects can wait until the heat wave ends. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen for protection.
• Stay well-hydrated and bring water with you wherever you go. If you’re car will breaks down, you will be well prepared.
• If you have older relatives or neighbors, call or stop by to check on them frequently during a heat wave.
Signs of heat exhaustion include: feeling tired, weak, or dizzy; sweating heavily; nausea and vomiting; and pale skin. If you, or your loved one, are experiencing any of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing, rest, hydrate, and try to cool your body down by getting into air conditioning if you can, or taking a cool bath or shower. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke, according to the CDC.
Be safe out there and check in with your loved ones this summer. The ground can get extremely hot…too hot for walking your dog. To prevent blistering and burns on the paws of your dog, always feel the ground with your hand first before going on your walk.
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