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The dangers of extreme heat

Posted on June 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

week 2

In last week’s blog, we covered staying safe in summer storms. For today’s blog, we thought we would touch on another weather-related hazard that occurs in the summer: heat. According to the Center for Disease Control, senior citizens are more susceptible to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. This is because many Older Americans take prescription medications that can alter the body’s ability to regulate temperature. Here a number of suggestions on how to beat extreme heat:

  • Take liquids with you wherever you go. Drink often, even when you don’t feel like you need to. Staying hydrated is the number one way to avoid getting sick in the heat. Avoid soft drinks and alcohol, as both can dehydrate you.
  • Keep your living space cool. This means running the fans and the air conditioning, or covering up the windows with blinds or drapes. It may be nice and sunny out, but that beautiful sun could be heating your house up to dangerous levels!
  • Be a good friend. If your fellow Older Americans are living at home by themselves, check up on them and make sure they are faring well in extreme temperatures.
  • Wearing the appropriate clothing can go far in helping you regulate temperature. Avoid heavy, black clothing and opt for something light in weight or color.
  • Eat regular meals, and make sure they are also light.
  • Keep the windows in your car rolled down, or run the air conditioning on extreme heat days—even if you don’t necessarily feel hot.

As long as you’re staying safe, summer is an excellent time to get outside, exercise and savor nature. Here at Electric Scooter Store, we have a number of products that can aid in your ability to enjoy the warmer weather. These include wheelchairs, walk aids, canes and crutches and walkers and rollators. Check out more mobility aids in our online catalog.

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