How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Summer Heat

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As summer continues, it is vital to know how to protect not only yourself from the heat, but your beloved pets and grandkids as well! With that in mind, we created this list of ways to stay cool in the summer in Waverly. Check it out!

What to Watch For

As refreshing as summer weather can be compared to normal Ohio conditions, there are a lot of scary things that can happen to your body if you do not properly go about keeping yourself cool and protected from the heat.

Here are some things that could happen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Care.com:

  • Heat exhaustion – Look out for symptoms such as a weak pulse, profuse sweating, vomiting or nauseous stomach, clammy/cold/pale skin, cramps, dizziness, headaches, or feeling faint.
  • Dehydration –While keeping hydrated during summer seems easy to do, it’s just as easy to forget. So be sure to look out for symptoms like being confused or disoriented, experiencing dry mouth, being dizzy, having difficulty walking, headaches, having sunken eyes, losing the ability to sweat or produce tears, having an increased and rapid heart rate, and having lowered blood pressure.
  • Heat stroke –Some signs you may be near having a stroke include holding a body temperature of 103°F or higher, headaches, nausea, dizziness, hot/red/dry or clammy skin, and fainting.
  • Heat cramps –Heat cramps can be easy to spot, so if you are sweating more than usual during intense exercise or are experiencing muscle spasms or general pain, stop and rest and contact your doctor if symptoms last for longer than an hour.
  • Sunburn –It’s always easy to tell you got sunburnt after the fact, but you can help prevent sunburn by making sure you reapply sunscreen every few hours, and after every time you swim. But if you do get sunburnt, make sure you stay out of the sun until it fully heals. Aloe vera is a cheap and easy way to ease your sunburn pain as well.

Simple Tips for Senior Citizens for Protection from Summer Heat Illnesses

  • Keep hydrated throughout the day
  • Wear protective clothing (hats, visors, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Keep emergency phone numbers on hand and with your neighbors in case of heat-related illnesses

Protecting Your Grandkids from the Sun

When keeping your grandkids safe from the sun, making sure you choose a sunscreen with a high SPF is a must.

According to The Huffington Post, five bad sunburns can increase your odds of developing skin cancer by 80%, and making sure you are using sunscreen correctly and effectively is a vital part in protecting your grandkids from skin cancer.

The article also suggests that you should use SPF 45 as a default, since higher SPFs will not protect you more. SPF 45 will protect your grandkids from 98% of the sun’s harmful rays.

Easy Ways for Keeping Dogs Cool

We love our dogs at Bristol Village, and keeping pets cool in summer is a must for any dog owner! So we want to make sure that our residents who have furry friends can take the proper steps to keep their pets safe this summer. Here are a few tips from WebMD about how to keep your dog cool:

  • Make sure you never leave your dog in the car, no matter how short of a time or if the windows are open

  • Keep your home’s space cool with AC or fans

  • If you take your dog on a walk, bring water for them to drink, and try to walk when it’s cooler, say in the morning or evening

  • If your dog has longer hair, make sure you are grooming them so they can properly shed away excess hair that can keep them hot

  • And lastly, watch out for the following signs of overheating, and if your dog is showing any of these symptoms, please contact your vet right away:
    • Trouble breathing, dark or red gums and tongue, heavy panting and drooling, fast heartbeat, weakness, dizziness, or agitation 

7 Ways to Stay Cool in Summer 

For a few fun and interesting ways to enhance your protection from summer heat, check out some of the things you can do around town in Waverly, Chillicothe, and Piketon! 

  1. Grab a bite to eat
    Local spots such as Diner23 or The Grand Tavern are great options when you are looking to get out of the house, but want to stay indoors.

  2. Go bowling with the grandkids  
    Going bowling is an easy way to maintain protection from summer heat. Shawnee Lanes is just a short drive away from Waverly, and is something that is fun for all ages!

  3. Read the summer’s newest books
    Find something new to read at the Pike County Public Library or at Bristol Village’s in-house library on campus.

  4. Watch the grandkids have some fun
    Are your grandkids begging you to do something fun, but you’re worried about the summer heat? The Triple Crown Family Fun Center can for provide the little ones with some much needed fun away from the sun.

  5. Try something new and get spooked!
    Have you heard about the Backwoodz Oddities Haunted House? Experience something new and bring out your inner kid again!

  6. Take a dip in the pool
    Go check out the Pike County Swim Club and relax in the pool, or bring your grandkids for a refreshing cool down. Just make sure to bring the sunscreen!

  7. Find indoor fun at Bristol Village
    One of the easiest ways to stay cool in summer is to join in on a selection of activities at Bristol Village, such as crafting, writing, art classes, taking advantage of our computer room, checking out our community garden, and much more!

Join Bristol Village Today!

We hope you enjoyed our ways to stay cool in summer blog post! And if you are looking to join an active senior community in Waverly, OH, Bristol Village is just the place! Our variety of living options can help you at every step of your life after retirement.

Contact us today to learn more! We look forward to hearing from you!