Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Upscale Senior Lady with Cane and CaregiverIt’s officially the first day of Summer and the temperatures are getting hot here in Houston! While these next few months are sure to be filled with BBQ’s, pool days and outdoor activities, stay safe by following some easy “Summer Safety Rules”:

Avoid the Heat

During extreme high temperatures, stay out of the heat and spend time in an air conditioned space when possible. If your home is not air conditioned, visit local shopping malls or even a movie theatre to get some relief from the heat. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor and out of the sun light.

Dress for the Heat

Loose-fitting, light-weight and light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible will help to reflect heat and maintain a normal body temperature. Remember to protect your face and head by wearing a hat and do not forget sunscreen! A sunburn slows down the skin’s natural ability to cool itself.

Drink FOR the Heat – Do NOT drink IN the Heat

Keeping yourself hydrated with water and natural juices, even when you do not feel thirsty, is very important. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. Both constrict blood vessels near the skin, in turn, reducing the amount of heat the body can  release.

Living in the Heat

Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities (running, biking, yard work, etc.) when the temperatures are high. The best time for these activities are early morning or late evening. Take the time to learn the symptoms of heat disorders and how to help yourself or others who may experience them. Never leave children or animals in a vehicle!

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions!

Call today at (832) 602-2282.

Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

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