High temperatures are responsible for thousands of illnesses and hundreds of deaths each year. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect yourself and those in your care when spending time outdoors. RISE Services, Inc. Utah has some practical guidance for when you’re taking your elderly parent outside for a walk, supervising youth who are part of our summer program, or hiking or fishing with participants in our day services. Keep these guidelines in mind each time you’re outdoors in the sweltering Utah heat.
How Hot Temperatures Affect Us
If you’re exposed to the heat for too long, you or anyone with you can become seriously ill. When outside, you need to stay cool and remain hydrated in order to keep from getting sick from the hot temperatures. Otherwise, your body cannot compensate for the heat, you won’t be able to cool off properly, and you will require immediate medical attention.
Those at Highest Risk
Individuals at high risk for overheating from exposure to the sun are those who are 65 years and older, children younger than two, people with chronic diseases and mental illnesses, and individuals with disabilities. Closely monitor them to be sure they are drinking enough water and have access to air conditioning. Ensure that individuals in our summer programs are staying cool and those in our day programs are following the proper precautions, especially while out fishing, camping, or hiking.
Precautions to Take
To prevent any heat-related illnesses, you should always take these precautions when outdoors with family, young children, or with adults you’re supervising as a part of any of our programs:
Keep cool with air conditioning. While a fan can help, it should not be relied on as the main cooling device during extremely hot temperatures.
Drink more water than you normally do, and do not wait until you’re thirsty to begin drinking.
Use sunscreen often and wear sunglasses any time you’re outside.
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Source: “Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!” Web article. Centers for Disease Control. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Web. 22 Jun. 2022.