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Posted on: June 12, 2014

Tips for Summer Safety

Summer is just around the corner and is a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity can create problems, especially for the elderly. Here are a few tips to keep you safe during the summer months.

• Drink plenty of fluids. It is recommended to drink 6 to 8 glasses per day.
• Pick appropriate clothing. Loose, lightweight clothing is recommended as well as a hat.
• Turn the air conditioner on or find a place with air conditioning. This is extremely important when the outside temperature is very high.
• Watch for signs of heat stroke. Symptoms can include headaches, confusion, nausea, and dry skin.
• Review medications. Some medications have side effects such as sensitivity to UV rays.
• Wear sunscreen because avoiding sunburn is essential.

Also remember to be a good neighbor or friend and check on the elderly often, especially during the long hot days of summer. Go out and enjoy the summer months but be safe.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY
AREA AGENCY ON AGING
INFORMATION LINE
200 SOUTH MAIN STREET
GREENSBURG, PA 15601
CONTACT: MARGUERITE PATTERSON
PHONE: 724-830-4444 OR 1-800-442-8000

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