Summer is a great time to get outside, yet there are hazards that come with this time of year. The most common hazards are weather related, like heat and lightning. Skin and fat tissue, the body’s insulators, tend to thin as the body ages. Because of that change, older adults regulate temperature less efficiently, putting them at greater risk than others from heat-related health problems.
Steps to take for summer heat safety:
- Monitor weather forecasts on TV and radio and listen for potentially dangerous weather in terms like ‘heat watch’, ‘heat warning’, ‘heat wave’, or ‘air-quality advisory’.
- Stay hydrated. People who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Stay indoors as much as possible with air conditioning or fans. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- If air conditioning is not available consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- With heat can come lightning. The safest location during lightning activity is indoors. Stay away from showers, sinks, hot tubs, and electronic equipment such as TVs, radios, corded telephones and computers where an electrical current can travel. If outdoors, get indoors immediately.
Cumberland County Aging and Community Services offer these tips to help you stay safe this summer. If you or an elderly person you know need assistance during a heat advisory please contact the office at
1-888- 697-0371 ext. 6110 or 240-6110.
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