The heat of summer. We long for it every year. But those sweltering temperatures can take a toll on our bodies if we’re not careful. Did you know that over the past 30 years heat-related fatalities have nearly quadrupled, according to the emergency medicine department at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago! Here are a few tips to keep you and your loved one’s safe this summer. (BHG)
- If the heat is extremely high and your house simply isn’t cool enough, head to a public place such as a movie theater, shopping mall or a friend’s house. Or you can find a “cooling center” in your area by texting SHELTER plus your zip code to 43362.
- Try to eat smaller more frequent meals, instead of large heavy ones which can raise your internal temperature.
- Never leave kids or pets in the car, regardless of how short of a time you think you will be away from the car. The heat inside a car can jump almost 20 degrees in a short 10 minutes.
- Drink extra liquids, and try to avoid too much alcohol which is dehydrating. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, drink before getting thirsty. Make sure your body sweats and remember that light-colored urine is a good sign of adequate hydration.
- Since heat rises, try to spend less time on the top floor of your home.
- Make sure you clean your A/C filters often to keep your units running efficiently.
- Make sure all pets have plenty of clean cool water available to them at all times, especially our outdoor buddies!