Beat the Summer Heat Wave!

Beat the Summer Heat Wave!

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Hot enough for you?

That question is being asked by many east coast and midwest residents who are feeling the effects of one of the hottest summers of the 21st century. 100 degree temperature readings as far north as New York City have made conditions uncomfortable, even unbearable, for tens of millions of people.

Heat Deaths

AARP reports that 384 people die from heat each year, an average that is far below the 525 who died in 1995 in Chicago alone when temperatures frequently topped 90 degrees there that summer.

Many of those deaths could have been prevented with cooling places offering a place for the elderly to go to in order to cool off.

Summer Dog Days

With the dog days of summer upon, AARP is offering a reminder on how people can stay cool and for people to check in on their elderly neighbors to ensure that they fine:

  • Do not engage in strenuous activity.
  • Stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.
  • Close your shades to keep out the sunshine.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on the lower-level in your home heat rises.
  • Check with your local agency for cool places you can go, such as libraries, public buildings, or air-conditioned malls.
  • Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses or using an umbrella.
  • Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. This helps keep your body cool.

“It’s important that people watch out for each other when the temperatures start to climb and take precautions to ensure that elderly friends and neighbors have a cool place to seek shelter,” said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. “By checking in on those who are most at risk in our communities, we can all help to prevent unnecessary deaths.”

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