While summer can be a fun time for playing in the pool or lounging at the beach, it can also be a dangerous time as well. This is because the high temperatures often cause heat related deaths. The number of deaths is expected to skyrocket over the next few decades as summer temperatures continue to increase.
For people who like to spend the summer next to an air conditioner unit, the idea of dying due to heat may sound like an exaggeration, but the fact is that many such deaths occur every year.
There are many reasons for this unfortunate trend. First of all, not all families have an air conditioner unit. Secondly, even in homes with an air conditioner unit, not all air conditioner units are able to keep up with the highest of temperatures. Plus, if the power goes out, the air conditioner unit will not work at all.
Some groups of people are at a greater risk for heat related deaths than others, particularly infants, the elderly and the bedridden. Not only do their bodies tend to be more fragile, but if the temperature is uncomfortably warm, they may not be able to do anything about it.
Thankfully, many of these heat related deaths can be easily prevented. Stay up to date on the weather and weather patterns so you know what to expect. Stay indoors on the hottest days, and spend time in a basement if your air conditioner unit is unable to keep your upstairs cool enough. Take showers or baths, swim, dress comfortably and drink plenty of water in order to keep your internal temperature at a safe level.
If your have elderly neighbors, be sure to check on them occasionally to make sure that they are staying cool and well-hydrated. If your have young children or pets, keep an eye on them as well. With a little knowledge and a bit of precaution, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones from becoming a statistic.