It can sneak up without warning, and leave you nauseous, tired and unable to think straight. In its worst form, it can send you to the hospital or even kill you. We’re talking about heat stroke, and as temperatures rise across the country, you’re going to need to be extra-vigilant about keeping yourself cool. Here are some other tips to stay safe in the summer heat:
- Check up on your older relatives. Some types of medications taken by the elderly can wreak havoc on the body’s ability to regulate temperature, putting Older Americans especially at risk.
- Carry liquid with you wherever you go, preferably water or a sports drink. Sugary drinks such as soda, lemonade and sweet tea might taste better in the heat, but they will dehydrate you quickly.
- Take frequent breaks throughout the day. If you are running errands around town or working outside, make sure you take a break every hour to sit in the shade and drink some water.
- Keep your living space cool. This means running the fans and the air conditioning, or covering up the windows with blinds or drapes. It may be nice and sunny out, but that beautiful sun could be heating your house up to dangerous levels!
- It may be tempting to not eat when it’s hot out, but food goes a long way to keeping you from feeling dehydrated. Make sure to keep your meals light, as a heavy meal can add to your sense of exhaustion from being in the heat.
- Dress appropriately. Avoid clothing that is black or heavy.
As long as you are being proactive, summer is a great time to get outside, explore the country and experience nature. If you or a loved one have trouble with getting around, we have a number of mobility products in our online catalog that can help!