So consider these tips to keep you and your loved one's safe:
- Do less outside in summer than you do in the spring or fall.
- Avoid outside exercise and chores during the hottest part of the day. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Consider joining a gym and using the indoor pool or treadmills instead of walking/running in the heat.
- If you do work outside, take frequent breaks and drink a lot of non-alcoholic fluids.
- Wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing to help stave off the effects of the heat.
- Eat foods high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables.
- If you do not have air conditioning, visit the library, mall, or your church during the hottest part of the day. Find out if your local community center is open for daily visits.
- Check on your elderly family members and neighbors during these hot spells.
- If you are outside for long periods, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Finally, remember your outside pets. They need cool fresh water and shade.