Active Adults Avoid Heat-Related Illness this Summer

As Active Adults, we like to stay active, so it is in our best interest to know the signs of heat-related illness – including heat exhaustion and heat stroke – and how to avoid them.

Heat Exhaustion occurs when we engage in physical activity during periods of high temperatures and high humidity, without proper rest and re-hydration. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. Heat Stroke occurs when the core body temperature rises above 105 degrees, which may damage the brain and other vital organs.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Fainting/dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Profuse sweating
  • Extreme thirst
  • Hallucinations/confusion
  • Chills/Shivering

(Source: NIH – National Institute of Health)

What To Do:

  • Call 911
  • Move the victim to the shade/indoors
  • Cool the body rapidly, place the victim in a tub/shower of cool water, spray them with a hose, or wrap them in a cool, wet sheet and place them near a fan
  • Monitor body temperature and continue efforts until temperature drops below 102 degrees, or emergency help arrives
  • Administer fluids if the victim is conscious; AVOID alcoholic or sugary drinks

(Source: CDC – Centers for Disease Control)

Minimize Risks:

  • Minimize outdoor activities during the middle of the day
  • Drink 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids every hour spent in heat/humidity
  • Rest often in the shade
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Never leave ANYONE inside a closed, parked vehicle

Who is at risk?
Anyone can suffer heat-related illness. Those particularly at-risk include:

  • Infants/young children
  • Individuals age 65 or older
  • Individuals with high blood pressure/heart disease
  • Individuals with mental illness

If you take medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist before participating in any activity that exposes you to extreme heat and/or humidity.

At Windsong, we encourage outdoor living. Windsong homeowners enjoy the sidewalks along our walkable streets, wide front porches, and private courtyards, not to mention gathering areas at the Community Clubhouse. Thoughtfully designed indoor spaces afford appreciation of the outdoors through a plethora of windows during the heat of the day.

Welcome to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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