It’s often been said that we really don’t have a true spring in Indiana. We go from freezing cold to lots of rain to a week of mild temperatures. Then humidity swoops in and sweltering summer is upon us! This year has most certainly born that out.

RoseLake Estates encourages you to have fun – but help keep your family, pets, and friends safe and protected in this summer’s extreme heat. In fact, almost 600 people across the U.S. will die from complications related to extreme heat every summer. And that number rises every year.

What to do, especially in Indiana’s typically hot, humid summer weather? Prevention is the first step. Protect yourself and those you care about from extreme heat conditions before you or they need medical assistance.

If a family member has chronic medical condition, it is less likely they can sense and respond to overheating. Some types of medications often worsen the impact of extreme heat, too.

At even greater risk are those over 65 or those who are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications for blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or recovering from severe illness.

Make sure you and your family (including pets) enjoys being outside safely.

  • Stay hydrated. Offer plenty of water.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Check on friends and senior neighbors during heat waves.
  • Make sure pets stay cool and in the shade. Don’t leave them outside for extended amounts of time. Check on them often, especially senior pets.
  • Offer lighter meals and plenty of green.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you are caring for has symptoms of heatstroke or heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion can happen quickly, especially to young kids and pets

Heat exhaustion occurs when a body overheats. Symptoms flushed skin, exhaustion, light-headedness, headaches, or nausea. Cool the person — or pet — down by bringing them inside and having them rest. Make sure they drink plenty of water, offer a cool shower or bath, and apply soothing cool towels to overheated skin.

When heat exhaustion is not treated, it can lead to heatstroke, which is far more serious. Symptoms include body temperatures of 102 to 104 degrees, irrational behavior, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing and racing heart rate. If you suspect heatstroke, call 911 immediately and begin to cool the person down as quickly as possible.

Being outside this summer is fun – but when it’s fiercely hot, protect yourself, your pets, and others. Be prepared, and enjoy the summer season safely!