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4 Ways to Protect Family Members Who Are Sensitive to the Summer’s Heat

The months of June, July, and August mean fun in the sun, family barbecues, and, of course, heatwaves. Some people are more sensitive to heat than others. Factors like genetics, age, sex, and physical condition influence how individuals respond to elevated temperatures.

For example, certain medical conditions like asthma trigger extreme symptoms when an affected person is exposed to the heat. Similarly, the elderly and infants are more susceptible to the ravages of extreme heat than others. Here are the best ways to protect vulnerable family members to safeguard their health during the summer months.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Dehydration

Heatstroke, frequently accompanied by dehydration, is the most serious threat that the summer sun poses. The elderly are particularly at risk for heatstroke. Knowing what to look for to catch any symptoms before they become full-blown emergencies can help keep family members safe.

The common signs of heatstroke are:

  • Dizziness.
  • Elevated temperature.
  • Muscle weakness and/or cramps.
  • Headache.

Upgrade Your AC System

A hot and stuffy house could become a danger to heat-sensitive individuals, especially infants. If your AC system isn’t doing it’s job, it’s probably time to update it. If you’ve got an old clunker for an AC system, you could be losing out on a cooler indoor temperature and wasting money at the same time on inefficient cooling. 

You might also consider renovating the insulation in your home. When cold air pumped out by a hardworking AC system circulates through a porous home, it slips out through all sorts of cracks. Fortify your home energy-wise with top-notch insulation and keep the cold air inside where you want it. After all, you’re not trying to cool down the whole neighborhood.

The web is full of AC installation services and reviews from real customers to ensure you’re choosing a trusted provider.

Make Sure Everyone Is Drinking Water

Everyone, regardless of health status, should substantially increase their fluid intake when they are exposed to extreme heat due to moisture lost during sweating. Whenever a family outing is planned, the top priority should be stocking plenty of clean water to stay hydrated.

People often forget to pack water bottles when they go to the pool, lake, or ocean for some water fun. However, just because you’re in the water doesn’t mean you’re not sweating. Remember to pack plenty of water for these occasions too.

Sunscreen Application

Sunscreen is literally a lifesaver; skin cancer is one of the most common forms of the cancer, and it is fueled by long-term exposure to the sun without adequate protection. Whenever you are packing a day-bag for a trip, always remember to bring along enough sunscreen to keep everyone protected.

Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy a worry-free summer with the family, even in the worst of the summer heat.

Tim Esterdahl

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