Summertime is one of the best times of the year. You and your family can enjoy being outside as often as possible as well as plan fun outdoor events like visiting parks or playgrounds, having family picnics, going to the beach, and so much more. If you’re a caregiver for an elderly family member or an individual with a developmental disability, or you’re a direct service provider (DSP) for a RISE Services, Inc. Idaho client, we want you to have fun but also stay safe. Before venturing outdoors, review the guidance below to stay cool and healthy.
Dangers of Summer Heat
When we experience high temperatures here in Idaho, we need to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and other heat-related health effects, such as:
- heat cramps.
- heat rashes.
- heat stroke.
If you notice any of these symptoms while outdoors with your loved one or client, we recommend you seek medical attention immediately.
People at Risk
While anyone can develop heat-related conditions from spending too much time in the sun, those who are at a higher risk due to age, health, and certain situations, include:
- elderly individuals.
- those with chronic conditions.
- children under the age of four.
- individuals with mental health conditions.
- people who are sunburned.
- people drinking alcohol.
- those who are not drinking enough water.
Summer Heat Safety Tips
While there are risks associated with spending too much time outdoors during the summer, there are also preventative measures you can take to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion, and more.
- Keep the air conditioning on in your home and car and try to spend a majority of your day in air-conditioned environments such as malls, libraries, or retail stores.
- On particularly hot days, spend the early morning or late evening hours outdoors when the temperature is at its lowest.
- If you’re spending time outdoors, wear sunscreen and reapply as needed.
- One of the best ways to prevent any heat-related conditions is to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Caring for Families in Idaho
At RISE Idaho, we’re dedicated to transforming the lives of the individuals and families we serve through our person-centered services. Contact us today to learn more about our children and adult recreational services, developmental therapy, adult day health activities, and more.
Source: Vinall, Marnie. “8 Expert Tips to Stay Safe During Record Summer Heatwaves.” Healthline. Healthline Media, 01 Aug. 2021. Web. 20 Jun. 2022.