Summer time in the South means lots of heat and humidity! Here are some tips for dealing with the summer heat!
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Do not wait until you are thirsty to start hydrating. A sports drink can help replace lost salt and minerals from sweating.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. NEVER.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid working outside during the hottest part of the day. Take frequent breaks.
- Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Eat less of salty foods and eat more fruits and vegetables. Also smaller, more frequent meals will help.
- Seek indoor, air-conditioned activities. If you do not have air conditioning, visit public places with air conditioning like the mall, the library, or restaurants.
- Stay tuned to the local forecast on the radio, television, or internet.
- Be sure to check on family and friends who do not have air conditioning and may live alone.
- Learn the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, but it’s important to identify the warning signs and to react swiftly and appropriately when they arise.
We wish everyone a fun and safe summer!
James Feezel – WWII Army Veteran
Janet Pollard, OT – “I was born to be an Occupational Therapist”