Check out this resource pulled together by Kristen, Bath Housing’s Resident Service Coordinator:
Summer weather has definitely arrived. Older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are among those at high risk for heat stress. Tips from the Global Heat Health Information Network, the National Institute on Aging and the Maine Center for Disease Control:
- Exposure to sun and hot temperatures does not prevent or kill COVID-19. More heat and sun do increase your risk for heat stress.
- Air conditioned Community Rooms open July 1. Even spending a few hours in an air conditioned room can help your body stay cooler when you go back to the heat. Please follow the COVID-19 guidelines posted in your Community Room.
- We will notify you of any community cooling centers that open this summer.
- Taking cool showers or baths is another good way to cool off.
- It may help to close blinds and windows during the day and then open them at night to let cooler air in.
- Stay out of the sun and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. If you are out, remember a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Drink more water, even before you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks, which can dry out your body. If you have fluid restrictions or are taking water pills/diuretics, be sure to ask your medical provider about how much fluid you should drink when it is hot.
- Heat exhaustion is a sign that your body can’t keep itself cool. Signs might include thirst, feeling dizzy or weak, cold and clammy skin, a fast pulse or sweating a lot. Be sure to rest in a cool place and get plenty of fluids, as heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
- Heat stroke is a medical emergency that requires medical help right away. Signs can include fainting/becoming unconscious, becoming confused, agitated, having trouble walking, a change in mood or behavior, high body temperature, dry, flushed skin, not sweating and either a rapid or slow pulse. Call 911 right away if you are at all concerned that you or someone else may be experiencing heat stroke.
Lots of factors, including any medication you take, can affect your risk, so be sure to talk with your medical provider about your specific situation.