Heatwaves in Texas are hard to avoid. But there are many ways to stay cool during the high seasonal temperatures. Omnibus Home Health Care would like to share some tips for staying cool and safe.
Drink plenty of water. During the summer, you are more likely to become dehydrated from the high temperatures. Staying hydrated is essential to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells and keep organs functioning properly. Being hydrated also improves sleep quality and cognition. And remember, soda, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks like coffee do not have the hydrating benefits of water. Water is always the best option for staying hydrated.
Avoid peak hours
If you are super sensitive to sunlight, you may have a higher risk for sunburn, overheating, or exhaustion. When possible, avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. This is the time of day when the temperature is at its highest and UV rays are more aggressive. Although it is impossible to avoid sunlight and peak hours every day, make sure you always wear sunglasses, sunscreen, or a hat, and seek shade whenever possible. If you want to partake in outdoor activities, schedule them in the early morning or evening. And of course, stay hydrated!
Wear Sunglasses and a Hat
Sunglasses are essential for everyone of every age! UV rays do not discriminate! Just like your skin needs sunscreen, your eyes need protection too. Make sure your pair of sunglasses are 100% protected against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, make a fashion statement with a hat. Even if you wear sunglasses, a hat is added value. Make sure the brim is at least 3 inches wide to provide extra protection to your eyes and skin!
Keep the Air Circulating
Whether you have ceiling fans or portable fans, keep the airflow moving in the house. Stagnant air can make the heat feel worse. Even if you have air conditioning, fans will help move the cool air around better. It’s a little trick that really works.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and headaches are signs of heat exhaustion. Ignoring or not knowing the signs may lead to heatstroke and possible death. If you or someone you know exhibits these signs, hydrate them, find a cool place for them to rest, and consult a physician. Call 9-1-1 if the problem is serious or if it persists.
Omnibus Home Health Care wishes you a fun, safe, and cool summer. We provide our clients with the best in-home health care available. Our staff of highly skilled professionals offer quality care for you or a loved one. We accept many insurance plans including traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid HMO, and private insurance plans. We will check benefit coverage on all insurance. This is not a guarantee of acceptance of coverage for our services. Acceptance is based on eligibility, medical necessity, and the requirements of our company guidelines. For more information on insurance coverage call 409.724.7000 and visit our Facebook page for the latest information from our staff.