Combatting The Heat

    July is heading to a close and the outside temperature is inching higher every day – and that means heat stroke is more likely to happen.  Don’t be a victim to a preventable situation.

    Heat stroke is not just for the elderly and infants, even though these categories are harder hit than most due to their body’s inability to adjust as quickly as a healthy adult.

    The fact is that anyone can suffer from overheating if they are outside on a hot Austin day in the summertime.

    A few ways to keep from getting heat stroke include:

    • Drink plenty of water (about 12-16oz) every 30 minutes.
    • Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
    • Wear a hat and/or carry an umbrella.
    • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
    • Plan activities around peak temperatures.
    • Don’t overexert yourself.
    • Stay in the shade if possible.

    Also, remember that becoming overheated commonly occurs while being outside, but can also happen to those who don’t have air conditioning in their homes or cars.

    If you are concerned that someone you know (or yourself) might be suffering from heat stroke, you need to be watchful for these common symptoms, which include:

    • pale skin
    • rapid heart beat
    • headache
    • dizziness
    • confusion
    • agitation
    • disorientation
    • fatigue
    • not sweating or sweating a lot
    • high temperature
    • loss of consciousness
    • hallucinations
    • vomiting

    Be sure to remember to check on your elderly or chronically ill neighbors.  These two groups are more likely to suffer from heat stroke in their own homes.  Visiting them not only keeps them safe, but will make their day much brighter!

    Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year, but please be mindful of the many downfalls of overheating and over-extending yourself as the Austin heat rises!!!

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business.

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