heat-exaustion-first-aidAlthough June 21 is the official first day of summer, temperatures have been rising around in and around Indiana for weeks now. The management of RoseLake Estates encourages you to stay safe in this summer’s expected extreme heat. Did you know that more than 600 people and thousands of pets die from complications related to extreme heat every year?

What to know

If you or a family member has chronic medical condition, it is less likely you can sense and respond to unsafe changes in temperature. Some types of medications often worsen the impact of extreme heat, too.

At even greater risk are those over 65 who are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications for blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, to name a few.

What to do, especially in Indiana’s typically hot, humid summer weather? Prevention is the first step. Protect yourself and those you care about from extreme heat conditions before you or they need medical assistance.

Here’s how

  • Drink more water than usual. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Make sure pets have access to plenty of fresh cool water, too.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Check on friends and neighbors during heat waves.
  • Eat lighter meals and try not to use the stove or oven to cook.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you are caring for has symptoms of heat-related illness.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is life-threatening and can happen to pets as well as people. But heat exhaustion happens first.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats and is the precursor to heatstroke. Symptoms include muscle cramps, headaches, and nausea or vomiting. When heat exhaustion is not treated, the person (or pet) becomes at risk for heatstroke, which is far more serious.

You are in heatstroke if your body temp rises to 104 degrees or higher. Symptoms include irrational behavior, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing and racing heart rate. If you suspect heatstroke, call 911 immediately and begin to cool the person effected as soon as possible.

If you are outside when it’s fiercely hot, protect yourself, your pets, and others. Be prepared, and enjoy the summer safely!

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