It's a Heat Wave!

Today’s article written by Kim Toebbe, Volunteer Coordinator

Be careful out there when spending time in the extreme heat.  When temps are this hot even less vulnerable people can succumb to a variety of heat-related troubles.  Make sure that even if you are just going in and out of the heat that you:

  • Wear barrier protection against sun damage.  Sun block, hats and shade are essential to avoid sunburn or worse.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  It’s better not to wait until you feel thirsty – keep water and non-alcoholic fluids coming to avoid dehydration. Even mild dehydration can increase fatigue.
  • Avoid heavy exertion during peak hours of heat. If you walk or exercise outdoors, do it during early morning or evening and pay attention to your body. Stop and seek shelter from the heat if you become uncomfortable.
  • If you like to cook, try to make several meal options on one day of the week which can be eaten straight from the refrigerator or frozen and heated up quickly to avoid a hot kitchen.
  • Be careful with pets. Keep pets indoors in the cool as you would yourself and offer plenty of fresh water. Many pets succumb to extreme heat even when they are used to being outdoors more often.
  • Extreme heat is mother nature’s sign to slow down. Put off heavy duty chores until the weather cools if at all possible. Find relaxing ways to beat the heat indoors like reading, watching movies or chatting with family and friends. Board games, puzzles and art projects are all fun ways to spend time if you are so inclined.

It is “summertime and the living is easy” if you pay attention to these simple guidelines.  Enjoy your weekend!


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