Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh 2016 Spring/Summer Edition - page 62

Stay Cool This Summer!
• Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous
activities until the coolest time of the day. Older adults,
children, or anyone with health problems should stay in
the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
• Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-
colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
• Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or
salads. If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice
pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy
products can spoil quickly in hot weather.
• Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic
and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with
fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing
consumption of fluids.
• Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned
locations such as malls and libraries.
• Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms
or draw in cooler air.
• Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward
yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The
dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering
your health.
• Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces
your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
• Take a cool bath or shower.
• Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
• Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help
responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children
and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die
from hyperthermia. Keep your children, disabled adults,
and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.
• Don’t leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cell
phones and gps units, sitting in hot cars.
• Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile
chemicals.
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