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Heat Safety Tips to Protect the Elderly

It’s been said that we may be facing one of the hottest summers on record. High temperatures can especially be dangerous to members of the vulnerable population including the elderly and disabled. Dangerous temperatures can cause dehydration, heat strokes, and in some cases death. It is important to make sure your loved ones stay safe this summer. Here are a few heat safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Many seniors take medications that can contribute to dehydration. In addition, they may not feel the urge to drink and can sometimes forget to stay hydrated. It’s important to drink more water than what you think is needed.

2. Stay Cool Indoors

Air condition is your friend during the high temperatures; however, this is not always an option for everyone. If you do not live in a home that has air conditioning, fans can be utilized to keep cool. Also, talk to a relative or neighbor if you need help staying cool.

3. Wear Temperature Appropriate Clothing Outside

When the temperatures are extremely high, the right clothing can make all the difference. Try to wear light-colored clothing that is light-weight and loose fitting. Also opt for accessories such as hats, sunglasses, or umbrellas.

4. Run Errands Early

When it’s hot outside, the best time to run an errand is early in the day before 10am. If you have to be out later in the day, it’s best to do so in the evening around 6pm.

What heat safety tips would you add to this list? Leave a comment!

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