Keeping your cool in hot weather
Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:35:27 GMT —
Summers bring a combination of high temperatures and high humidity that prove to be not only uncomfortable, but dangerous.
With the temperatures reaching the mid to upper 90's this week, the extreme heat is particularly dangerous for children, seniors and anyone outdoors.
Being exposed to too much heat causes sweating, which ultimately leads to potentially life threatening illnesses, especially for the elderly.
"It can be very dangerous for the elderly, due to medical conditions," said Pam Windtberg, Director of Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging. "Those conditions can exacerbate the situation, no realizing that they're hot and getting into a real situation where they start getting sick from the heat."
Windtberg says always too much heat for anyone is not safe.
For the elderly, she says give seniors water even if they're not thirsty, make sure they're always in a cool, air conditioned area, limit oven use, dress in light, lose fitting clothing and avoid crowded places.