Office for the Aging: HEAT ALERT
Written by Alex Feig on July 5, 2018
With potential high temperatures, we want to be sure you understand summer heat dangers. Please be aware of the following:
Danger signs for Heat Exhaustion–call the doctor if any of these symptoms arise:
heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps
tiredness, weakness, dizziness
headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting
skin – cool & moist, pulse rate – fast & weak, breathing – fast & shallow
Danger signs for Heat Stroke – needing immediate medical attention:
• extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
• red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
• rapid strong pulse
• throbbing headache
• dizziness and nausea
To protect oneself from heat-related stress and prevent heat-related problems, the CDC recommends the following tips:
• Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
• Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
• If possible, seek an air- conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall, public library to cool off).
• Wear lightweight clothing.
• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
• Do not engage in strenuous activities.
The Office for the Aging is air-conditioned and is open to any older adult, age 60 and over. Come and cool off in the Senior Center lobby, TV room, and/or activity rooms.