Beating the Heat Wave

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While the calendar may point to fall being right around the corner, here in Texas summer is still in full swing. Here are a few tips from the CDC on preventing and managing heat:

  • Do not engage in any strenuous activity (feel free to print this out to keep on hand in case anyone demands you mow your yard)
  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level (finally an excuse to find out what happens when you drink a gallon of coca-cola and then jump on the bed. Surely I’m not the only one that is curious).* **
  • Avoid drinks that include caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar
  • Stay indoors – even a few hours can assist your body to remain cooler
  • Electric fans will help, but when the heat is in the 90′s (100′s!!!) fans are not extremely helpful. Taking a cold shower or bath or finding an air conditioned location will provide the body the needed relief from the heat (I like to have someone alternate between holding a fan approximately four inches from my face and spritzing me with refrigerated mineral water. The neighbor kid charged too much though, so I’m looking for a new volunteer).
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle (including small children, your Grandma and your pets!).

If you are worried about a senior who is home alone, check out our medical alert systems: you can’t always be there, that’s why we’re here.

Thank you CDC for the tips to beat the heat. Did they miss anything? Let me know!

 

*Don’t do this. It is probably not healthy.

**If you do this, please let me know in the comments what happened.

 

If the Heatwave song is not stuck in your head yet, I leave you with this:

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