Here in sunny Florida the summer months offer us longer days, seasonal activities and visiting families looking to enjoy all that our state has to offer. While our tropical climate is known for warmer temperatures year round, the rising heat in the summer means taking additional precautions. Overheating can occur at any time, though excessive temperatures outdoors increase the chances of developing a dangerous condition known as heatstroke. Being mindful of the temperature, taking proper precautions, and knowing the signs are vital for avoiding dangerous reactions to the heat.
Heatstroke occurs when the body’s ability to regulate its own body temperature is impaired by prolonged exposure to the heat or overexertion in the heat. While anyone can be affected, children and seniors are most at risk. Certain illnesses, medications and health conditions can play a role in one’s likelihood as well. When it comes to safety, we at Aqua Home Care make it our priority to find trusted caregivers who will ensure their client’s well-being at all times. Having a care professional nearby can be beneficial to those in need of daily support and can reduce safety concerns. Heatstroke is a serious condition, and being mindful of its symptoms and taking preventative measures is imperative.
- A rise in body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Confusion, slurred speech, irritability, seizures, or coma
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Skin redness
Precautions to take:
- Avoid overexposure to the heat
- Wear weather appropriate clothing
- Stay hydrated
- Remain in the shade as much as possible
- Ensure the air conditioner is running properly in your home
- Be aware of medications that can increase your risk
- Avoid overexertion in the heat
- Do not sit in an enclosed area, such as a vehicle, without the air conditioner on
We at Aqua Home Care continue to offer our resources to help ensure that those in need of in-home care services are matched with compassionate caregivers who will meet their needs and monitor their well-being not only during the warmest of months, but all year long. If at any time you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a heatstroke, seek medical attention right away. Making heat safety a priority can help prevent serious complications. Here at Aqua Home Care, we would like to wish everyone in our community a safe remainder of the summer.