While most of us look forward to Summer, it’s important to remember that summer temperatures can be a safety concern if you are older or have health problems. Seniors make up most heat related deaths.

Types of Heat related illnesses:

  • Dizziness which can occur if you are overly active or if you take certain beta blocker medications.
  • Excess heat can also cause swelling in you lower limbs
  • Heat exhaustion, which happens when you body can no longer keep itself cool. Symptoms include weakness, nausea, dizziness, excessive thirst, and even rapid pulse.
  • Excess heat can also cause cramps resulting in painful tightening of muscles in your stomach, arms, or legs.
  • The most serious safety concern is Heat Stroke. Symptoms include  fainting, confusion, agitation, loss of coordination, high fever, a fast or very slow pulse and/or failure to sweat even though  the temperature is high.  If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately.

Ways to avoid heat related illnesses:

  • Avoid being outside for excessive time periods
  • Dress in light weight fabrics
  • Avoid exercising during the during the hottest times of the day
  • Try and run errands early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the temperatures are lower.
  • Check the weather report before going out. If the temperature or humidity levels are high, stay indoors
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages which can cause dehydration.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Spend time in air-conditioned places. Use fans to help circulated the air and keep windows open if your home does not have air conditioning.