Here in North Carolina, we’re already experiencing hot, humid days where the thermometer reads above 90 degrees. It’s only going to get hotter as the summer wears on, so we asked CQC Home’s Safety Manager, Justin Walker, for some tips on how he helps CQC staff keep their cool.

He told us it’s important not only to take care of ourselves, but to recognize the signs of heat overexposure in others, especially children or senior citizens.

Justin stressed that it’s very important to be aware of the temperature. Temperatures in the 90s and higher are dangerous, especially the higher they go and the longer they last. The very young and the very old are at the highest risk.

Justin’s Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

  • Pay attention to the temperature and modify your activities as needed.
  • Have you had enough water? Pay attention to hydration: If you feel thirsty, you might already be mildly dehydrated.
  • Take breaks in relatively cool areas, even when you’re outside.
  • Try to limit the amount of time you spend in enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a parked car.
  • Choose your clothes for the weather. You’re better off in loose, light (weight and color) clothing.
  • Cool your house by covering sunny windows with drapes or shades and checking weather stripping and insulation.

 Signs of Heat Overexposure

  • Excessive sweating (though during heat stroke the body stops sweating).
  • Pale skin.
  • Muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, nausea or vomiting.
  • Feeling confused or disoriented, passing out.

6 First Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat Exposure

  • Call 911.
  • Move the person into a cool area, ideally an air-conditioned space but even the shade will help.
  • Use water to try and cool the person down.
  • Put ice or ice packs on his or her neck or armpits.
  • Make sure he or she is not wearing any heavy clothing and remove it if so.
  • If possible, immerse the person in cool water, such as a swimming pool or tub.