Warm Weather is on its way to Kenosha! For many, summertime is a welcome change from the darker, colder winter months, however the warm weather can increase health concerns for many people if healthy, preventative measures are overlooked. According to the CDC, more than 700 people in the United States die from extreme heat injury every year.
Who is more likely to have issues with the heat?
• Infants and toddlers: they can’t always tell you how they are feeling and their internal cooling systems are not fully developed.
• Elderly people over the age of 65: They lose the ability to regulate their internal temperature.
• People with chronic diseases and mental illness since some medications can impact sun sensitivity and can cause dehydration.
What can you do to have a safe and healthy summer?
• Stay in air- conditioned buildings when the heat is high. Public places such as the library can provide a cool place to spend time during the day.
• Drink more water on a scheduled basis, Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Your urine (pee) should be the color of light yellow lemonade. If it is darker yellow, you need to drink more water.
• NEVER leave infants, children or pets in the car! Cracking the window does NOT help reduce the heat. On a typical 75 F day, after only 10 minutes, the car can heat up to 94 F. After just 30 minutes, up to 113 F and in 1 hour 118F. Children and pets can over heat with body temperatures heating up to 105-109F which is enough to cause heat stroke, organ damage and death.
• Check on your elderly neighbors. Be sure they are using air-conditioning and drinking plenty of water. Some medications can make them more susceptible to dehydration and sun- sensitivity. Encourage them to review their medication with their health care provider.
• Use Sunscreen and wear loose, lightweight and lighter colored clothing.
If you do not have air-conditioning or are out in the sun for work, sports or just for fun there are cooling measures you can take.
• Close the curtains or shades to reduce sunlight from streaming into the home.
• Use cold washcloths on your skin. Refrigerate some wet cloths in advance to have on hand.
• Eat “Cool foods” such as salads made with pasta and veggies, cool watermelon or other fruits.
• Avoid using your oven during the hottest hours of the day.
• Avoid alcohol. Alcohol actually dehydrates the body.
See a list of Kenosha County Cooling Centers and Agency Service Providers here.