In North America it is now summertime and the heat waves are starting to kick in. Temperatures across the continent are higher than normal (for whatever reason) and to endure these temperatures everyone needs to be diligent.
So what needs to be done during these climate events. Well let’s remind everyone of the obvious;
Dehydration is a killer. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day during the hot spell. And this is a good idea as an everyday habit despite the weather.
Stay Out of the Sun
Stay indoors in a climate controlled area, if possible. If these places are not available get a fan. Moving the air around has a cooling effect. Try going to the mall and hangout there with a nice latte.
If you must go out for any reason put on sunscreen. The skin is especially susceptible to the UV rays during these hot spells. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or 30. Apply generously at least 1/2 hour before going out. If you will out for an extended period, re-apply every few hours. And cover all exposed areas. A sunburn can happen to any exposed skin.
Alcohol is a diuretic which means it dehydrates. If you must drink then drink water with the alcohol. This will help keep you hydrated. Alcohol also increases exposure to UV rays by opening up your blood vessels, as does the heat. It can cause you to pass out due to heat illness. Many swimming and boating accidents happen because of excessive use of alcohol. Please be prudent.
Signs of Exposure
If you start to feel dizzy, sluggish and overheated you may be feeling the effects of overexposure to the sun. First ting to do is to cool yourself down. Get out of the sun first. Towel down with cold, wet towels or get in a bath of cool not cold water. This will help bring your body temperature down. Do it slowly. Don’t jump into a cold pool as this will shock the body and could cause more serious problems like a heart attack.
If all this fails get to a hospital quick or call 911. Exposure can kill so be aware and be smart.
Sound obvious but many do not take this precaution. Your eyes are susceptible to sunlight as much as your skin so they can sunburn. Protect your eyes and do not risk finding out what sunburned eyes feels like. Surely it s not a comfortable feeling and the damage is permanent.
Do any or all of these tips and you will remain safe. Seniors have a habit of enduring these situations quietly. If you know someone like this call them and make sure they are protecting themselves. Remember, being obstinate can kill too. You hear too many stories of the elderly dying because they did not protect themselves against the effects of the heat. In this day and age there is absolutely no reason for this.
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