Monday, April 29, 2013

Keep it cool this summer season

Summers are round the corner and so are the concerns related to excessive heat and it can have dire effects. But there are some who get affected by it more than others. Who are they and how we can help them? Let’s have a look.

Did you know?
Infants and children upto four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.

Some other facts - People aged 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.

Excess body weight might be a disadvantage-People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.

Exercising is good, over-exertion isn’t -People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.

People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

Small Tips go a long way
Do not leave children in cars: Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperature can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes.

  1.  Avoid hot food and heavy meals - they add heat to your body.
  2.  Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads   
     and faces with hats or an umbrella.
  3.  Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a 
     shady area.
  4.  Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and  
    closely watch them for signs
     of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
  5.  Know the symptoms of heat disorders and  
     overexposure to the sun, and 
    be ready to give
      first aid 
  6.  Always carry a bottle for water while travelling  
     which will keep you   
     hydrated in summers.
  7.  Protect yourself from heat waves by covering  
      your face with scarf.

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