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Stay safe in the heat this summer

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With hot and sunny months finally here, it’s essential to learn health risks and signs of heat-related illness to help have an enjoyable summer. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) has tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe and cool while you are outside having fun in the sun.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spending time in extreme heat may lead to illness. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke may include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast or weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling weak or fainting
  • Vomiting

If you or someone you are with begin to feel these symptoms, dial 911.

Adults age 65 and older as well as those with chronic medical conditions of any kind may be at higher risk of health problems related to heat exposure. Often, older adults have chronic medical conditions or take prescription medications that could change the body’s responses to heat and affect its ability to control its temperature. In addition, when the humidity outside is high, sweat evaporates more slowly, which keeps your body from releasing heat quickly. That being said, when you’re out and about this summer, consider these tips to stay safe under the sizzling sun:

  • Stay hydrated. This is a key rule to beat the heat and prevent heat-related illnesses. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day. Make sure to continue drinking water even if you are not thirsty right away.
  • Dress appropriately. Colors such as white, beige, or other pastel colors can help reflect heat. Loose-fitting clothing also helps to keep you cool. Baseball caps, sun hats and sunglasses help keep the sun out of your face. Apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher before going outside to protect your skin.
  • Schedule breaks throughout the day. If you plan to spend a long period of time outside, especially in direct sunlight, remember to pace yourself to save your energy. Avoid tiring activity and slow down. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned space.
  • Cool off inside. Visit somewhere with air conditioning, such as a library, senior center, recreation center, gym or store. Try to keep your pets indoors, too.
  • Snack on cooling foods. Consider fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta salad, cold soup, smoothies or healthy popsicles to cool your body temperature down.

Healthy Orange Mango Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mango
  • 2 cup coconut milk, whisked
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  1. Puree 3 cups mango slices, 1 ½ cup coconut milk, orange juice, and honey.
  2. Cut the remaining 1 cup mango slices into ¼-inch cubes. Evenly divide them among the popsicle molds.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of mango coconut mixture, gently tapping mold on the counter to make sure liquid fills in the diced mango spaces.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut milk, or until the mold is filled. Insert the popsicle sticks and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  5. Enjoy on a hot day!

Recipe adapted from Jessicagavin.com