This has been a summer of record breaking heat across the country and today (Sunday, July 30) the forecast is for another week of very hot weather and "heat warnings".
Hot and humid weather is difficult for almost everyone, but especially for those considered "high risk" groups- the very young, the very old and those with chronic illnesses (like copd)
On this page I have a list of tips offered by the Government Center for Disease Control and also a list of what I must say is more imaginative tips gathered from the members of the COPD-Support group.
I hope you find something here to help you make the heat just a bit more bearable.
13 Tips To Beat The Heat
The CDC offers these tips to help protect your health in extreme heat:
>Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
>Don't leave babies, children, or pets in cars. Not even for a short time. Heat can kill quickly.
>Drink more fluids. If your doctor has limited your fluid intake or if you're taking "water pills" (diuretics), check with your doctor first.
>Don't drink liquids containing alcohol or lots of sugar. Those drinks may make you lose more body fluid.
>Avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.
>If you sweat heavily, you may need to replace salt and minerals. A sports beverage may help, but if you're on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking sports drinks or taking salt tablets.
>When you're at home, wear as little clothing as possible. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
>If you have to be outside, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to rest in shady areas.
>If you must go outside, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and eyeglasses.
>Pace yourself. Stop all activity if your heart pounds or you gasp for breath in the heat.
>Use a buddy system if you're working in the heat. Look out for your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.
>Check up on high-risk people, including kids, senior citizens, and people who are ill. Visit at-risk adults at least twice daily. Babies and kids need much more frequent checks.
>Provide your pets with plenty of fresh water in a shady area.
SOURCES: CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 28, 2006; vol 55: pp 796-798. Associated Press. CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety." News release, CDC.