Red Cross Disaster Health Services Manager Mary Casey-Lockyer is the expert in being ready for anything. Read on for her heat safety suggestions for making sure everyone in your community is keeping their cool during end-of-summer heat waves.
When you hear that a heat warning is in effect, your first inclination is to lock up inside. But Mary suggests that you take a few other steps as well, just to be sure everyone in your community is safe during a sweltering stretch of time.
• Check in on your neighbors, particularly elderly ones who might not have anybody else to make sure they’re ok. And of course, never ever leave children or pets unattended in a car for any amount of time.
• Find out which libraries, schools or churches in your community have generators for air conditioning, so that if the power goes out, you have a cool place to escape to.
• Be mindful of your water intake and activity level, especially if you are on any medications. Aging has an effect on a person’s hydration, making you less sensitive to thirst as the years go by, so it’s extra important to keep a bottle of water on hand at all times.
• Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, such as hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, hallucinations, chills, a throbbing headache, high body temperature, or confusion, dizziness and slurred speech.
How do you keep your cool in sweltering weather? Tell us in the comments section below.