The Heat is On: How You Can Stay Safe

Posted on May 2nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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Chances are you probably knew your body would change as you age. Your vision changes. Your hearing changes and we often move a little slower as time goes on. But did you know your body’s response to heat changes as you age, too?

Adults over 65 face more health risks when they’re out in the heat or when there is a big temperature change. That’s why it’s so important to take precautions when you venture out on a hot day.

With another Florida summer upon us and with more people going outside for walks than ever, remember these quick tips for staying safe in the heat.

Do:

  • Take walks or garden in the morning or early evening. The most dangerous part of the day is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Stay inside with the AC on during the day.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated when you’re in the heat, even if you don’t feel that thirsty
  • Wear sunscreen!

Don’t:

  • Cook food in the stove or oven during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Exercise or do yard work outside in the middle of the day.
  • Overdo it. Take breaks.
  • Ignore the symptoms of heatstroke. If you have these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.
    • High body temperature
    • Flushed skin
    • Headache
    • Fast, strong heart rate
    • Nausea and vomiting

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/older-adults-heat.html


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