Florida ó no surprise that itís hot and humid. Those whoíve lived here
for a while know it will get worse before the joy of winter. But if
youíre new to the our State and delighting in having escaped the frozen
North, donít be fooled. That sun and heat can be dangerous to your
to stay out of
the heat during the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water
and do not get
overheated. Itís not always that easy, though. Many people
work outside. Even for retirees, getting regular exercise and keeping
up with the yard, errands and other daily demands can make summer
living less than easy. And, people age 65 and older
are less likely to notice or respond to changes in temperature,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
making them more at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Here are some tips::
+ Stay inside mid-day. Walk the dogs, exercise outside or do yard work
early in the morning or in the evening.
lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made from cotton or
one of the synthetic fabrics designed to wick away sweat. Add a
wide-brimmed hat and bring your umbrella to provide shade and cover
from the afternoon showers.
Drink plenty of
water. It cannot be said enough, drink, drink, drink.
During hot weather, donít
just drink when youíre thirsty, drink frequently. Water is
best. Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar, which are dehydrating.
+ Never leave anyone
including animals in the car! When it is scorching hot outside, the
interior of your car can become an oven, baking everything ó and
everyone ó inside. A few-minutes run into the store
can turn into tragedy.
Heat-related illnesses: When is too much really too much?
illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, occur when your body
canít keep itself cool. On hot, humid days, sweat doesnít evaporate as
quickly because of the increased moisture in the air. When sweating
isnít enough to cool your body, your body temperature rises, and you
may become ill.
victim to a heat-related illness but according to the CDC, those at
greatest risk include infants and children up to 4 years of age, people
65 years of age and older, people who are overweight and people who are
ill or on certain medications.
be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat
exhaustion or stroke, which can be a life-threatening illness. Here is
how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:
of Heat exhaustion:
Cold, pale, and
Fast, weak pulse
you have any
the above signs:
Lie down and
Apply cool, wet
cloths to as much of your body as possible.
If you have
and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Signs of Heat stroke:
temperature (above 103 degrees)
Hot, red, dry
ó this is a medical emergency!!!!
Move the person
a cooler environment.
body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
Do NOT give