Surviving the Summer Heat

Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable; it can be a potential health hazard, especially for older adults and children.

Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool their body, usually the result of not drinking enough fluids during hot weather. This generally develops when a person is playing, working, or exercising outside in extreme heat. Some symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, and headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Body temperature rising to 101°F
  • Sweaty skin
  • Feeling hot and thirsty
  • Difficulty speaking

A person suffering from heat exhaustion must move to a cool place and drink plenty of water to recover. If the situation calls for it, please consult a doctor or emergency medical care provider.

Heat stroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion. Symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Unawareness of heat and thirst
  • Body temperature rising rapidly to above 101°F
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Loss of consciousness or seizure

Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency that must be treated quickly by a trained professional.

Follow these tips to stay cool this summer and avoid safety risks.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay inside when possible during high heat advisories.
  • Dress for the weather; wear lightweight clothing that will ventilate.
  • Eat light, refreshing foods.
  • Never leave children, older adults, or animals in a hot vehicle.
  • Always wear sunscreen.

Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat negatively impact your summer vacation. Watch local weather for news of heat advisories and heat warnings.

Information provided by Insurance professionals at Hays Companies

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