We all have heard the old saying "time flies" and it is holding true for 2023. We are already saying goodbye to February and in a few more months summer will be here. Wednesday, June 21, 2023, is the first day of summer.
In Florida, summer brings intense heat. Temperatures here in Southwest Florida average in the 90's. Add the humidity factor in and the heat can feel unbearable. If you are inside, the air conditioning can help keep you cool but if you are spending time outdoors, it is a good idea to have a plan in place to keep cool.
Getting overheated can lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a serious thing to take into consideration when it comes to the Florida heat. Heat stroke occurs when the body becomes too hot and can't cool itself down. When heat stroke strikes, the body's temperature rises quickly and needs to be cooled off in order to avoid further medical complications.
Who is at Risk of Getting Heat Stroke?
The elderly, children under 5 years old, people with chronic illnesses (like diabetes or heart disease) as well as athletes are all at higher risk of heat stroke due to prolonged heat exposure. If you fall into one of these categories, it is important for you to take precautions and keep yourself cool when outside in the heat.
How Can I Stay Cool in Summer?
One way to beat the heat and stay cool is by having a swimming pool at home. Swimming pools help maintain a comfortable temperature outdoors, allowing you to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors during the summer heat.
If you don't have a swimming pool at your home but live in a gated community, there is probably a community pool. Spending time outdoors by the pool whether at your home or at the community pool is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a way close by to cool off before you get too hot
Taking frequent dips in the pool is a great way to avoid heat stroke when outdoors in the summer's intense heat.
What Can I Do to Help If Someone Gets Heat Stroke?
If heat stroke does occur in spite of precautionary measures being taken, it's important to remember that heat stroke is a medical emergency. Get help right away if someone displays any heat stroke signs such as confusion, nausea or dizziness. If a heat stroke is suspected call 911 immediately.
Things you can do to help a person cool down from heat stroke until help arrives is to move them to a cool place and remove any excess clothing they may be wearing. Run cool water on them, fan their body with a magazine or book, and give them small sips of cool water.
By taking heat stroke into consideration when the summer heat arrives, you can increase your chances of avoiding heat stroke and its serious complications. Having a swimming pool in your backyard provides additional cooling benefits which give you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors safely this summer.
With proper preparation, heat stroke can be avoided and you can fully enjoy your summer days at home or by the clubhouse and community pool.
Contact Sweetwater Pool Service to maintain your residential or commercial swimming pool.