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Archive for July, 2012

Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

This summer has been an exceptionally hot one in many provinces and states across North America. As older adults, we must be mindful of a few simple steps we can take to ensure our health and safety on the hottest days.

Drink lots of water.Although any fluid is better than none, try to focus on water instead of too many sugar-filled fruit juices or pops.

Drinks to avoid. Stay away from alcoholic drinks and heavily caffeinated beverages.

Plan your outfit according to the weather. On super hot days, dress in light-weight clothes that are also light in color, so that you don’t attract extra sunlight to your body.

Protect your eyes and skin. Wear sunglasses, hats, and sun block of at least 30 SPF.

Get a ride. If you don’t drive but you want to get out of the house for a little while, ask a friend for a ride or call a cab. Don’t wait for public transportation outside in the blistering heat.

Take a cool bath or shower. Refresh your body and lower your temperature on extremely hot days.

Be weary of heat stroke. Know, recognize and take action if you notice signs of heat stroke. Such signs include high body temperature, headaches, flushed face, nausea, fast heartbeat, dizziness and confusion.

Before we know it, there’ll be snow on the ground again. Stay safe during this last month of summer!

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