How To Behave In Hot Weather – Part 3 of 3
Dr Michael Ammazzalorso, chief medical officer at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY, offered up other potentially lifesaving tips. Keeping the shades strained in the daytime can keep homes cooler and “if you live in a split-level home, stay downstairs. Heat rises so upstairs will always be hotter than your living room. Open windows upstairs if you have no divulge conditioning to keep the room cool and have a fan blowing”.
Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, so stick to water or beverages without alcohol, lots of sugar or caffeine. Wear light, light-colored and loose clothing to sojourn cooler. “Let the children play outside in the early morning or early evening when the air quality is at a healthier level and the temperatures are cooler. Head to a local swimming pot or beach to cool off, but never swim alone and be sure to observe all posted swimming advisories”. According to Ammazzalorso, signs of heat exhaustion include skin that is cool, moist and blanch but may look flushed at times.
Dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, fatigue and headache are also potential signs of heat exhaustion. Signs of an even more serious condition known as heat stroke include red, scalding and dry skin, high body temperatures (105 degrees or above), a rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, and changes in consciousness. In these cases, 911 should be dialed immediately.