Weather safety important for health
Now that we’ve finally hit summer, it’s time to consider some weather safety tips relative to heat, sun and storms. Heat’s what we’ve all been waiting for after such a long winter and virtually no spring. But it can bring complications if we’re not wise about when, where and what we do during heat waves or just terribly hot days.
Early morning is usually your safest time to exercise or do outside chores. It’s also a safer choice of time for sun exposure (before 10 am) but still put your sunscreen on! Drink plenty of water what ever you’re doing and whenever – keeping hydrated is key. Coffee and tea don’t count as methods to hydrate; it really needs to be good old-fashioned plain water.
Make sure you have some good fans or an air conditioner with clean filters. Those fans and air conditioners can cool you down but if your filters are dirty or clogged, you’ll be also inhaling a lot of allergens and dust. Before plugging in your fan, give the blades a good cleaning.
Sometimes the heat makes us a bit nauseous or dizzy. Again, hydration helps with this and putting a cold wet cloth on the back of one’s neck can provide comfort. But if the heat really makes you feel “sick”, call your primary care provider and see if there is something you should be doing with regards to your own specific healthcare regimen.
Summer storms always present issues because they typically come up fast and are often furious! Consider your most recent history of summer storms where you live – what worked for you, what did you wish you had done to better prepare, what did you vow to put in place for the next storm – but still haven’t! This is a good way to take a “storm inventory” and get yourself better prepared before any storm surprises you or catches you off-guard.
As we all know, when we hear thunder we should get indoors. Remember that lightning isn’t far behind and can be quite vicious during the summer. Strikes can carry through any outside pipes or wires so avoid using your land line phone, don’t take a shower or bath during a storm, and skip washing the dishes. All of these activities put you at risk if a strike hits your house. Better to stay in a comfortable spot, away from windows and doors and anything metal, and wait the storm out. A good book is always nice to have handy during a storm!
Most importantly, stay safe by using good sense. If it looks risky weather-wise, wait for a better day. After all, it’s New England and all you have to do is wait a few minutes for the weather to change!