Here are some key points to remember about hot weather safety

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and sports drinks that contain electrolytes so you can stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration.

Seek shade or air-conditioned environments to stay cool, and avoid spending prolonged time in the sun.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that allows the skin to breathe and protects against sunburn. So, dress for the weather.

Talk to your healthcare provider about how to manage chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes during hot weather.

You should know your medications and if the medications can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. Talk to your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking and how to manage them during hot weather.

Seniors should know the signs of heat-related illnesses. At the first symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion, seek medical attention.

Seniors who live alone should stay connected with family, friends, or neighbors who can check in on them during hot weather.

Plan outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day, and take breaks in the shade or air-conditioned areas as needed.

By following these key points, seniors can protect themselves from the risks of heat-related illnesses during hot weather.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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