Stay Cool in the Summer

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Stay Cool in the Summer

Stay Cool in the Summer

We all know that hot weather can be uncomfortable and less than fun. But did you know that it can also be quite dangerous?


It’s true! Especially for older adults and children.


If you or anyone in your family is in the heat for prolonged periods of time and begin to experience weakness, nausea, or vomiting, then they might be experiencing heat exhaustion. Left untreated, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke which can be life-threatening.


What to Watch For


Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is not able to sweat enough to cool itself. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include;


  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache, and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Body temperature of 101° F
  • Sweaty skin
  • Feeling hot and thirsty
  • Having difficulty speaking


When someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, he/she should move into a cooler place and drink plenty of water immediately. If they do not, the symptoms can worsen and turn into heat stroke which can result in the body temperature rapidly rising above 101° F, loss of consciousness, seizure, and delirium.


What to Do


If you or someone you know begins exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, immediately seek a cooler temperature in the shade or air conditioning. Next, begin hydrating with fluids that contain no caffeine or alcohol. Remove any warm layers or tight clothing that can be appropriately taken off. If the person is still feeling very hot, try sponging them with cool water, fanning them, or placing an ice pack on them.


If the person’s condition deteriorates their body will start to have a heat stroke. If this is suspected, call 911 or alert on-site medical personnel of the situation immediately.


How to Prevent


To avoid heat illnesses in summer temperatures, remember to drink lots of water – even if you are not thirsty. Additionally, wear light-colored, lightweight clothing made of natural fibers and put on a well-ventilated hat. Lastly, avoid leaving air-conditioned areas in the middle of the day if you can. Instead, get things done outside in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

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