Tips on Surviving the Heat and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

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Tips on Surviving the Heat and Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

Olde Key Title received the following blog post via email from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue’s Chief, Richard Bowers, that we thought we would share with you, titled “Tips on Surviving the Heat and Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke”, that is very applicable today because of the weather!

“Today is going to be another sizzling day in the metropolitan area with sustained, high temperatures and heat index making it especially dangerous for the those at greatest risk including the elderly, the young, those with existing medical conditions and those that work outdoors. 

While staying hydrated is essential all year long, it is particularly important when temperatures soar. Fire Chief Richard Bowers is urging residents to to stay cool, stay hydrated and to check on the welfare of elderly or at-risk neighbors. ‘Summer heat waves can be dangerous and even short periods of high temperatures cause serious health problems. Whether on the sports field or the construction site, folks need to take action to prevent heat-related illness.’

During hot weather and extreme heat this summer, keep informed by listening to local weather and news channels, use common sense and take a minute to review the tips below.

1. Pre-hydrate, hydrate and re-hydrate. During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Drink plenty of fluids in advance, during and after activities and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.  Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluids you drink or has prescribed water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.  

2.  Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect some of the sun’s energy. Limit your direct exposure to the sun and wear a hat for extra protection.

3.  Monitor those at high risk.

Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health and although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include children, older adults, those that work or exercise outside and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Elderly, low income or individuals with disabilities in Montgomery County in need of a fan can call 240-777-3000 for information on free fans.

4. Children and cars – use common sense. Never leave infants, children, pets or the elderly in a parked car where temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes, even with the windows rolled down. Additionally, hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s skin. Before you put your child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the carseat or upholstery first. 

5. Avoid strenuous activity.

When possible, strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest part of the day. Take regular breaks when exercising or engaged in physical activity on warm days. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing signs of a heat-related illness, stop the activity immediately, find a cool place to rest, hydrate and seek medical attention if necessary.

Remember, heat stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The American Red Cross advises that warning signs can vary among individuals but common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke may include:   

Heat Exhaustion:

      -  Heavy sweating

      -  Muscle cramps

      -  Pulse rate: fast and weak

      -  Breathing: fast and shallow

      -  Nausea or vomiting

      -  Fatigue

      -  Weakness

      -  Headache and/or dizziness 

Heat Stroke: -  An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)

-  The absence of sweating

-  Rapid pulse

-  Difficulty breathing

-  Throbbing headache

-  Strange behavior and/or hallucinations

-  Confusion, agitation and disorientation

-  Unconscious

6. Be a good neighbor.

Isolated, elderly adults are at a much higher risk of health-related issues. Be a good neighbor and take a minute to check in with your neighbors. 

7. Remember your pets. Hot weather can affect the well-being of pets making them susceptible to overheating which can lead to very dangerous heat stroke. Always provide a source of water and a cool, ventilated  place for your pet. Leaving your pet inside a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal. The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

8. Stay indoors, if possible.  Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider going to the shopping mall, community center or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat. ”

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Roy, this heat thing keeps up in the Northlands and people will be coming to Florida to cool off in the summer and stay warm in the winter! Enjoy your day and stay cool!

Jul 18, 2012 08:50 PM #1
Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes
Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes - Conway, SC
Broker in Charge/Owner

The heat can overcome you very quickly on the golf course and the older you get it seems that the quicker the heat effects you.   Drive the ball and drink water, water, water....

Jul 18, 2012 09:17 PM #2
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Roy, this is an important post, especially with the heat we've been experiencing this year. Thanks for sharing today.

Jul 18, 2012 09:36 PM #3
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Hi Roy,

So many take for granted they can handle these extreme temps.....this blog should hit home with many as they can see what they thought was just over heating could be much, much more.....stay COOL my friend.

Jul 18, 2012 09:57 PM #4
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home
good morning Roy Thanks for the post and cooling tips. Have a great day
Jul 18, 2012 10:42 PM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning ROY, very good tips for the heat. Our heat wave seems to have been broken today, we had some real bad thunderstorms followed by some low humidity levels in the 50's, yesterday humidity was 71 so it was way too muggy of a day. Today is supposed to be 80 which will be refreshing.  I hope the dru air makes it down your way.  Have a great Thursday

Jul 18, 2012 11:26 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks to all for your comments.  Do take time to check on seniors.  A ride to the grocery store or pharmacy can be a real treat for those that do not have an automobile on hot summer days.

Dolores is playing is a gold tournament today.  And, this weather makes it risky for the players.

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Jul 18, 2012 11:27 PM #7
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Roy... My pictures are awful compared to yours :-(

Great tiips on staying cool... Thank God we just busted out of the heat wave we were having... sure not good for asthma suffers...

Have a great day!

Jul 18, 2012 11:38 PM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Roy,  Thanks for all the great information.  I play my 3rd round of golf on Monday and luck it was a cool day (88) but I drank lots of water on the course.  Thanks for reaching out on my last blog, hope you like it , it is a good recipe.

Jul 18, 2012 11:40 PM #9
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Very good  informative post , beating the heat is important, heat stoke can come on so quickly... Thanks for sharing

Jul 18, 2012 11:40 PM #10
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Indeed! My Mom had to go to the emegency room last week for dehydration. Older folks often forget to drink...they need to be reminded or forced (if possible) "Here Mom you need to drink this."

Jul 18, 2012 11:46 PM #11
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

These are good tips  . Thanks for sharing.

Jul 18, 2012 11:46 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for stopping by.  It is always good to receive your comments. Be careful in the summer heat and keep a close eye on seniors. Golfers need to take extra care.

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Jul 19, 2012 12:05 AM #13
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Roy, this is something we all need to be prepared for this time of the year, taking preventive measures helps to cope better with prolong summer heat. Thanks for sharing this with us.



Jul 19, 2012 12:54 AM #14
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Roy,  The heat is something that sneaks up on so many without them even knowing what is causing their illness.  It has been a crazy summer across the nation.  I'm a summer kind of gal, but I am actually looking forward to fall.  Not snow - just fall. 

Jul 19, 2012 01:38 AM #15
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hi Roy,

Very informative article Roy.  We are pretty used to the hot temperatures in Texas but it seems the whole country is in the grips of a heat wave. 

Jul 19, 2012 07:31 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your comments.  Be sure to keep seniors in mind on the hot days of summer.  

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Jul 19, 2012 08:40 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy - excellent advice for all of us with this summer heat.  Water- water-water!!! And, please let's remember those cars get hot even with a window cracked. And they're too hot for our pets as well. 

Jul 21, 2012 09:13 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We have another beautiful day in Maryland. Dolores is taking a day trip to play golf at the Penn National Golf Course in Fayetteville, PA.

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