As warmer weather approaches, we at Agape want to remind everyone to stay safe. Adults that are 65+ are at a higher risk for heat-related health problems, but these can be prevented. The following are some simple, yet crucial reminders to help you and your loved ones stay safe in hot weather. Think of the “big three”: stay cool, stay hydrated, stay informed!
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. The hottest temperature of the day usually happens at around 3 pm.
- Wear sunscreen when outside and reapply every two hours. Using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, and ones that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” work best.
- Stay cool inside with air conditioning when possible. Fans can provide comfort, but spending time in air conditioning or taking a cool shower or bath is more efficient in lowering body temperature.
- Using the stove or oven will warm things up; make sure to adjust temperatures in your home accordingly.
- Drink plenty of fluids, like water. Sports drinks can also help to replace salt and minerals you lose from sweat.
- Try not to wait only until you are thirsty to drink, stay ahead of it.
- Check the local news for extreme heat alerts and updates.
- Warning signs of heat-related illness: Dizziness, fainting, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, breathing problems, muscle cramps, or vomiting. These are warning signs that help should be sought immediately.
For more information on extreme heat and safety measures, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html