Surving the Summer Heat

Surving the Summer Heat

After an intense winter season..especially for the residents of the Northeast, Midwest and some parts of the South. The approach of summer ushers in fun for all—young, old, and families etc. This time of the year is not without its health risk and concerns.  The major concerns include heat exhaustion, dehydration and sunburn.

With proper planning and intervention, folks can enjoy their summer without any serious health crisis. So, what are some of the suggested interventions/tips to survive a hot summer?

Light,white and pastel colored apparel tend to keep the body temperature cool; Dark colors tend to retain heat. Cotton fabric is lighter and cooler as opposed to polyester or silk…the latter makes you really hot! Wear Broad-brimmed hats, as it doubles as a shade for your head and face; apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. These will protect your skin, prevent any serious sunburn and keep you cool on a hot summer day.

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration! Staying hydrated is key to surviving sweltering heat. Older adults and young children are particularly more vulnerable. Keep a close tab on the elderly and very young in your care and in your community. Look out for signs of dehydration (dizziness, confusion, thirst, headache, dry sticky mouth);

When possible, remain indoors during the sun’s peak between noon to

You’ll be happy you followed these simple tips…as this will help contain any exposure to heat exhaustion or any of the other heat related culprits

So, go ahead and have a heat crisis-free summer!