A: According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In addition, the CDC notes that elderly people (65 years and older), infants/children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. It is important to be aware of the dangers warm weather presents and make accommodations to keep you and your family safe. Below are some heat safety tips as recommended by the National Weather Service and the CDC:
• Slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
• Put less fuel on your inner fires: Avoid hot foods and heavy meals — they add heat to your body. Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids: Your body needs water to keep cool. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places: Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat.
• Don’t get too much sun: Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat. More summer heat is yet to come, remember to keep cool and use common sense.
Information provided by 21st Century Rehab at Dallas County Hospital, 610 10th St., Perry, 465-7672.