With the longer days comes a lot more heat and a lot of health risks. Between UV rays and the heat, it can be difficult to stay cool, especially as the temperature outside reaches the 90s, or, worse, the 100s. At these temperatures, people tend to suffer from heat related illnesses, particularly young people and senior citizens. These two age groups are at greater risk in the heat. It is important to be aware of signs of heat-related stress, including the following:
- Unusual increase or decrease in sweating
- Heavy breathing
These are symptoms of someone who is too hot, and will likely become exhausted, which is a more severe form of a heat-related illness. Drinking water is essential to prevent serious problems, especially when spending time outside. Taking a break to be in the shade will help you to cool down. If you are going to be outside, make sure you are with others and you can monitor each other. If anyone shows signs of a problem, the other person or people can call 9-1-1 to get the person help quickly.
Instead of cranking the AC up, set the temperature between 76 and 68 to save money and to keep your body from feeling too much shock when moving between the inside and outside. Make sure doors and windows are closed, especially if you open them at night. Do your cooking after dark or early in the day, and avoid running appliances as much as possible to keep them from heating up the home. Planting trees to provide shade in a few years can also help lower your power bill.
There is a short video you can view at Save Your Money and Life during Summer.