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Beat the Heat This Summer


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As temperatures rise, the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) reminds older persons they are at a higher risk of falling ill during the summer months.

According to the National Center for Disease Control, over 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk.

senior woman wearing sunglasses drinking water“Older adults are prone to heat stress since their bodies do not adjust to sudden changes in temperature,” said Tracey N. Mason, DSAS Administrator. “They are more likely to have chronic medical conditions or to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature.”

There are several precautions older adults can take to be safe this summer. Now is a good time to check cooling systems to ensure they are working properly. If utilities are a concern, Cuyahoga County can connect residents with resources that can assist with summer energy bills, so no one is left to make the difficult decision whether to pay cooling bills or purchase food.

20 Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible 
  • If your home does not have air-conditioning, visit a mall or library 
  • Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source 
  • Drink more water than usual and do not wait until you are thirsty 
  • If your doctor limits your fluid intake, ask how much you should drink 
  • Keep your house cool by not using the stove or oven 
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing 
  • Cool down with showers, baths, ice packs or wet towels 
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities and get plenty of rest 
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen 
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals, as they can overheat your body 
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them 
  • Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your pets 
  • Check the news for heat advisories or sign up for weather text alerts 
  • Have a “Beat the Heat Buddy” and check in twice a day 
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours 
  • Do not leave children or pets in a hot car for any length of time 
  • Take precautions if you have heart disease or high blood pressure 
  • Seek care for heat-related symptoms like cramps or nausea 
  • Visit DSAS’ website to find a list of County “Cooling Stations”

Find a Cooling Station near you.
Learn about the Home Energy Assistance Program.
Click here to download a copy of the Tips.