The Heat's On! Stay Safe.
The Center for Disease Control cautions that "Boomers and Beyond" – and their young grandchildren – are prime targets for heat-related conditions ranging from annoying rashes to fatal heat stroke. From 1979-2003 in the United States, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. As temperatures in most areas of the country skyrocket to record highs this season, be sure to take precautions that will keep you safe and healthy. Here's what the CDC recommends:
Use Air-conditioning. Yes, it can be expensive but it's worth every penny. The experts at the CDC say your AC is your number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If you don't have AC in your home, spend plenty of time in air-conditioned shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelters in your area.
Stay in the Know. Listen to your local news and weather channels or check them on the Internet. You can also contact your local public health department for safety updates during extreme heat spells.
Drink Cool, Non-alcoholic Beverages. Be sure your fluid intake is adequate so you can avoid dehydration. This is especially important if you work up a sweat during exercise. Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on "water pills" (diuretics), ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot. Tip: Avoid ice cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps. Here are the symptoms of some common heat-related conditions