Hot weather safety

Hot weather safety

This summer, like last summer, is expected to have above average temperatures. Additionally, we are also expecting storm activity, making this a hot and humid summer. When it is too hot, though, it can be a potentially dangerous situation for kids and older adults. Here are some tips to stay cool and prevent sun damage while doing activities outside this summer…

  1. Limit your time in the sun. Stay out of the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the sun is most intense. Even when it is cloudy outside, the sun’s rays can pass through clouds and cause sunburn.
  2. Drink plenty of liquids. Water and juices are best, and you should avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  3. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton.
  4. Check the weather. If it’s very hot, avoid being outside at all.
  5. Know the signs of heat-related illness. Get medical help right away if someone might be displaying the symptoms.

For the elderly especially, it’s important to be aware of any type of physical stress caused by high heat. Conditions such as heat syncope, heat cramps, heat edema, and heat exhaustion are all serious conditions, however fleeting, that are brought on by too much exposure to heat. Drinking water, and resting in a cool place can ameliorate these conditions. However, if not treated these can progress to heat stroke – a medical emergency.