July 6th, 2017

Summer is here, and with summer comes hot, humid weather. Most everyone has become accustomed to the convenience and comfort of air conditioning. However, that dependence means that most people are unaccustomed to dealing with the summer heat, causing increased danger when extreme temperatures occur. Even people who are accustomed to being out in the heat should be careful when temperatures become extremely hot. Some common heat related problems are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration.

When you become overheated, it can quickly lead to heat exhaustion. If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it is important to get medical help immediately. Signs of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating, moderate increase in body temperature, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, thirst, low blood pressure, headache, blurred vision, nausea/upset stomach, and an ashen appearance. If you notice someone experiencing these symptoms, it is critical to take steps to cool them down as quickly as possible.

Some strategies to help cool someone with heat exhaustion include getting them out of the heat, removing excess and outer layers of clothing, loosening any tight clothing, laying them down with legs elevated, and fanning them or applying wet compresses. Finally, have the person drink water that is cooler than room temperature, but not iced.

More than 50% of our body is made up of water and on average, a person should drink between 1.5 and 2 liters per day. Your body loses fluid through sweating and those fluids must be replenished. In fact, when you feel thirsty your body is already 15% dehydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking, and always be aware of the frequency and color of your urination. You should be drinking enough liquids to cause urination at least every two hours. While your urine should normally be clear yellow, if it is dark yellow or orange, you should get fluids into your system immediately.

If you or someone you love should experience any of the symptoms listed above, assistance could be available immediately by pushing the Help Button from Help Services, Inc. Our Help agents can provide you or your loved one with instant access to the appropriate assistance based on your personal medical history and emergency contacts. Do not let the summer heat catch you unprepared.