By Elizabeth Moss, Caregivers by WholeCare
While it can be nice to get outside and enjoy the long summer days and activities, it’s also important to remember to take certain precautions when you spend any amount of time outside during the hot summer months. Below are five heat safety tips to keep you safe and healthy.
- Keep hydrated. It’s easy to forget to consume fluids when you’re busy outdoors, taking care of the yard or gardening. Dehydration can sneak up on you if you’re not careful. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit drinks that could dehydrate you like coffee or soft drinks.
- Limit exposure. The sun and heat in Middle Tennessee packs a powerful punch during summer. Consider walking or outside activities in the early morning hours or evening hours to avoid direct heat and sun exposure. When you are outside, sit in the shade.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Medication and some medical conditions can make you more sensitive to the heat and sunburn. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves in a breathable fabric to protect your skin in addition to sunscreen.
- Check-in on family members. Older adults may not know the warning signs for a heat-related illness such as heat stroke. Some signs include headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, muscle weakness, lack of sweating, rapid or shallow breathing, nausea or vomiting. It is important to catch dehydration and overheating early to have a full recovery.
- Stay indoors. During a heat wave try to stay inside in the air-conditioning and limit time outdoors. Heat can affect you in a matter of minutes. Enjoy indoor activities during the heat of the day.
Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities, family gatherings and barbecues. A few precautions can help you keep your cool!
Elizabeth Moss is Founder and Chief Care Officer, Caregivers by WholeCare, a locally owned and operated in-home care provider. For more than 20 years, families in Middle Tennessee trust WholeCare to provide compassionate care for their loved ones. Learn more at http://caregiversbywholecare.com/.