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:Share