Georgia summers are notoriously hot and humid, which is why we have a few safety tips to help keep you protected in the heat. Your well-being is important to us, so stay safe out there!
Water! Water! Water! The standard is 6 to 8 cups a day, but to aim higher won't hurt you. As you age, you lose your ability to conserve as much water and your sense of thirst becomes less sensitive. If you're not a big fan of water, there are other great ways to keep hydrated. Vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes all contain more than 90% water. Fruits such as watermelon and strawberries contain 92% water. Fruits and vegetables are also great for infusing water to give it a fresh new taste or can be used to make fresh juice.
Sunscreen! Sunscreen with a SPF between 30 and 50 is recommended. Try to find some that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and remember to reapply, maybe even keep a small bottle with you in your bag.
Protect your eyes Sunglasses are a must for the summer sun!
Watch the forecast Make sure you know when an especially hot day is coming and prepare accordingly. Dress in light colors and loose clothing with a hat if you plan on being outside for a period of time. If a day is going to be particularly hot, and you still need to be out and about, try to go out during the cooler part of the days, like the early morning or later in the afternoon.
Know your prescription side effects Some medications can increase your sensitivity to heat and the sun, even making you more more susceptible to heat stroke. Other medications can be effected by the heat while being stored and could cause issues due to this. It is important to check with your doctor about your prescriptions so you know what side effects could be compromising in the summer heat.
Use air conditioning If you don't have air conditioning in your home, try visiting the local library, a shopping mall, or a movie theatre. Another option is spending time at your senior center, which is likely to also have activities available.
Know the signs of heat stroke A body temperature of 103 or higher. Red, hot, and dry skin. A fast pulse. Headache. Dizziness. Nausea or vomiting. Confusion and passing out.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Stay safe and careful this summer!