Tips for Preventing and Dealing with Snow Melt Flooding

Saturday, February 17th, 2018
During the winter, there may be occasions where the snow begins to pile up, especially if the snow continues to fall over a period of a few days. While it may look pretty at first, eventually all of that snow will begin to melt when the temperatures rise. If the snow melts too quickly, the ground may not be able to absorb all of the water due to still being. When this happens, you may be at risk for flooding.

How Snow Melt can Cause Flooding

Snow melt is the water runoff that is caused by melting snow and ice. If the snow and ice melt too rapidly, the still-frozen ground may not be able to absorb all of the water, potentially causing flooding. Essentially, the snow and ice that has fallen becomes packed. As the temperatures rapidly rise, the snow and ice melt very quickly. All of this water runoff can accumulate and can flood streets or basements.

What Happens to a Home when Flooding Occurs?

Flood waters can quickly cause serious damage to your home. If the water enters your home and sits for more than 24 hours, your floors, carpeting and furniture could become water-logged and moldy. It can even cause clogged drains and electrical issues. Even when you go through the appropriate channels to get your home cleaned up, you may still be left to deal with insurance premium increases. As such, it is probably best to try and avoid flooding from snow melt altogether.

Tips for Preventing Snow Melt Flooding

There are some ways you can prevent flooding caused by snow melt:

  • Keep the foundation clear: When you shovel your driveway, take some additional time to shovel a 5-foot area around the foundation of your home. This gives snow melt a place to go that is not in your basement.
  • Test the sump pump: If you have a sump pump, make sure to regularly test it. If water does get in, your sump pump can reduce the potential damage to your home.
  • Fix the foundation: Have an expert come out to your home and check the foundation.
    If there are any cracks, these should be filled in to help prevent flooding.
  • Clear the roof: When the snow on your roof melts, any water that comes off the roof will be perfectly positioned to go right into your home’s foundation. Otherwise,
    an ice dam may form on your roof if the snow melt refreezes during the day. This can force snow melt into your attic and ceiling if it has no where else to go.

What Should You Do if You Experience Snow Melt Flooding?

When you find that your basement has water or mold that could have been caused by snow melt flooding, there are several things you should do:

  • Do not ignore unwanted water: If there is water in your basement, you should consider calling a professional. Even if your basement is just damp, any amount of excess moisture can cause damage to your home’s structure over time.
  • Deal with flooding events immediately: If your home floods, you should call an experienced restoration company as soon as you are able. Tackling the problem early can save you major headaches in the long run.
  • Get mold removed: If you find mold in your home, you should call professionals as soon as you are able. Mold releases spores that can make you feel unwell whenever you are home.

Staying proactive when it comes to preventing and dealing with snow melt flooding can keep your home safe and secure all year long.

Tips for Staying Productive during the Winter

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Tips for Staying Productive during the Winter

 

Once the New Year celebrations come and go, we are left with several months of bleak weather and short, dark days. For many people, this time of year is particularly hard, especially for those who live in colder climates. Some of these individuals may find that they are unmotivated, more tired and less active than usual.

Why are We Less Productive in Winter?

According to the experts, part of the reason we experience the winter blues is the post-holiday letdown. Once the holidays are over, many people become confined indoors. This can lead to boredom, feelings of illness or even cabin fever. Others may have made resolutions that they have already broken, which can be discouraging and make people feel not too good about themselves. Still others suffer from seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD, while still others have other mental health conditions that are made worse by the cold and confinement. To stay productive during the winter, however, there are some things you can do.

Pick Up a Physical Activity

Getting regular exercise throughout the winter can improve your sleep and help reduce stress. If it is too cold to exercise outside, just leaving your home to go to the gym can help make you feel more accomplished. Regular exercise will also give your body a boost of energy and some feel-good post-exercise endorphins that your body may be craving.

Start Over

If you have already have broken your New Year’s resolutions, do not fret. In some cases, you may have set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are simply not achievable. Take one or two of your goals and simplify them so that they a goal that is reachable. Then, simply start the year over by beginning to work on those resolutions. Any time you find yourself slipping into old behaviors, simply refocus and pick up those new behaviors where you left off.

Find an Outside Activity

Even if you are not a big fan of snow or the cold, spending some time outdoors can help you elevate your mood and get your body moving. Even just getting out of the house and into the sun for 10 minutes a day can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD or cabin fever. This also allows you to get some fresh air during the workday, which can help clear your head and give you a bit of energy to finish out the day.

Watch What You Eat

Although you may want to stick to comfort foods and sugary drinks to help you get through the winter, these types of foods can actually make you feel sluggish or even bloated. Heavy meals and a nap on the weekends may sound like a good idea if you intend to stay home that day, but you may want to stick to something a bit lighter and not full of carbohydrates. If you find yourself relying on coffee to get yourself through the day, consider switching to decaf or green tea after your first cup to prevent caffeine crashes.

Stay Healthy

Ultimately, staying healthy is the number one thing that will help you stay motivated and active during the winter. Missing school or work due to an illness can make it harder to get back into the swing of things as you now have twice as much work to complete as you did before. While it can be very difficult not to get sick when everyone else does, consider taking vitamins and even wearing a face mask to help prevent untimely illness.

6 Tips for Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Every year, you may identify the goals that you want to accomplish in the upcoming year on New Year’s. While you may find yourself sticking to these goals for the first few weeks or even the first month, life can sometimes get in the way and throw you off. However, there are some tricks you can use to keep you on path to accomplishing your goals.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting attainable goals is one of the most important things when it comes to identifying the resolutions you would like to make. If the goals are not realistic, you may lose the confidence and motivation to make positive changes to your life simply because there is no way that you will reach your goal. For example, setting the resolution to never eat a certain food that you love again is likely setting yourself up to failing. Reducing the amount of times you eat that food is a more attainable goal.

Keep Your Goals Small

Large, grand-sweeping goals are often harder to attain simply because these goals can take a large amount of time to come to fruition. In many cases, you may lose the motivation simply because the goal appears to be no more attainable than it was when you first made the goal. Keeping each of your goals achievable can help you make the progress that you want. For example, the goal of living a healthier lifestyle can be harder to achieve than making the goal go to the gym three times a week. Identifying the smaller goal of going to the gym a certain amount of times is more achievable as the guidelines are clearer.

Track Your Progress

If you are someone who stays motivated by watching your progress, keeping a journal or planner can keep you actively working towards your goal. This can also help you break up your large goals into groups of smaller goals that are faster to attain. If losing a certain amount of weight is the goal, for example, breaking the total amount you want to lose into smaller monthly amounts will feel more rewarding.

Get Back on Track

Life can get busy. You may find yourself missing out on going to the gym and back to eating take-out or forgetting to do whatever it is you need to do to reach your goal. If this happens and you find yourself off track from accomplishing your goal, do not fret. If your goals are small and attainable, simply get back to doing what you need to do. The occasional slip will not stop you from attaining your goal; however, failing to start up again after getting off-track will.

Focus on Turning Goals into Habits

According to the experts, it takes about 21 days before a new activity becomes habit. After about six months, the habit should be on the way to becoming more permanent. Starting a new activity and sticking with it for the first month is the hardest part when it comes to working towards a goal. Try to stick with it and reward yourself when you reach the 21-day mark and the sixth month mark. Even if your goal has not yet been met at this time, you may already find yourself feeling better and happier.

Always Keep Trying

Achieving or attaining a goal is always a good a thing, especially when that goal is to become a healthier and happier version of you. However, not meeting your goal in the specific time-frame that you set is not the end of the world. Simply making the goal and taking steps towards it are putting you on the path to become a better person. Keep trying, keep resetting those goals and keep working towards the person you want to be.

 

Keeping Your Home Safe While You are Away on Vacation

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

With the vacation season just around the corner, it may be busy planning where you want to go to relax. While you are researching your desired destination, do not forget to take precautions when it comes to keeping your home safe. The time when you are away for an extended period is when your home is at the most risk, so spending some time protecting your home and possessions will allow you to relax a little easier.
1) Hire a House Sitter

One of the easiest ways you can protect your home while you are gone is to hire someone to look after your home. A relative who you trust may be your best bet, though you can always hire a house or pet sitter through a professional agency. Even if the person is not staying in your home full-time, it will look like someone is occupying the home as long as they bring in the mail and the newspaper. If you do not have someone you can trust with your property, put a hold on your mail and stop the newspaper delivery until you return.

2) Make It Look Like Someone is Still Home

Your home should always look lived in even when no one has been at home for a couple of days. This illusion can actually be very easy to create by installing timers that will turn lights on and off at normal times. If you have a neighbor who will be around for a few days, see if they can take out the garbage can on the normal pickup days. If the landscapers normally come on Saturday, keep a visit scheduled so that your lawn looks cared for. Ultimately, you want it to look like your home is operating as it normally would.

3) Avoid Talking about Your Trip on Social Media

Although it can be difficult, avoid talking about your upcoming trip on your social media pages. By posting about your upcoming plans, acquaintances of friends who have access to your Facebook page or Twitter account may decide to mark your home as a target. Ensure that your kids are careful about revealing plans as well, especially if they are teenagers. Teens who are staying in town during any school breaks or over the summer may decide that your home would make a great place to hang out when no one is there. Once you get back from your trip, you can get more enjoyment out of posting your pictures and telling stories about the fun places you got to visit.

4) Save Money by Unplugging Electronics

When your electronics are plugged into your outlets, a small amount of electricity is still running through your home even if those electronics are not turned on. To reduce your utility bills, unplug all of your electronics and appliances with the exception of your refrigerator. You can even unplug your automatic garage door opener to prevent anyone from gaining access.

5) Install a Home Security System

If you do not have a security system installed, now is a great time to have that done. In fact, some of the new systems let you view your front door and certain rooms inside your home right from your smartphone. Many of these systems also connect to lights and other home systems, meaning you can keep an eye on your property when you are away. Even better, the system is useful when you get back by deterring burglars at night or during the day while you are at work. For an extra bit of security, make sure to leave a home security sign on your lawn or in your window to deter thieves even more.

6) Do Not Hide a Key

Finally, ensure that you know where all the keys to your home are located. If you want to leave a key behind just in case, make sure that you leave it with your trusted neighbor or relative. Leaving a key somewhere around the home is asking for trouble as many burglars are aware of all the good hiding spots. If you seem to be missing a key, you can always change the front lock before you head out the door.

Taking a vacation is all about having fun and relaxing. By ensuring that your home is properly protected, you will not have to spend your time away from the world worrying about your home.

 

Making the Most of Your Staycation

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Traveling to a new place for spring break or during the summer can be fun and exciting. However, is can also be an expensive endeavor. It can also be quite stressful, especially if you have to fly to your destination or spend hours of your precious vacation time in the car. Staying in town can be just as fun and relaxing, especially if you only have a few days to enjoy yourself.

Financing Your Staycation

Whenever you go on a vacation, you generally have to work out a budget. Between plane flights or the cost of gas, food and activities, financing a destination vacation can be expensive. If you are staying home, give yourself a budget to work with. Staying home can absolutely save you money, but focusing on spending as little as possible can also take over your focus and prevent you from having fun. Budget for nights out and for any activities so you feel more encouraged to actually make a vacation out of your time.

Turn Off the World

When you spend vacation away from home, you are probably more likely to put all of your work on hold. Your staycation should be no different. Set up an “out of office” message on your work email and let it. Turn off your cell phone and only check the messages occasionally as needed. Shut down your computers and do not turn them back on until your staycation is over.

Pamper Yourself

Part of the fun of going on vacation is to not have to cook or clean while you are away. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do this right at home. Treat yourself to a one-time maid service at the beginning of your staycation so you can enjoy a spotless home. If you like the idea of having someone else make dinner for you, you can go out to eat as you please or keep a stack of your favorite take-out restaurants nearby. This is a great opportunity to try new places.

Explore Your Neighborhood

There are always fun things to do no matter where you are. If you are staying at home for a few days, take the chance to just explore. Visit your local parks and spend the day reading and playing with the kids under the sun. Hop on the train or in the car and head downtown to see what you can find. Many towns and cities have their own museums and points of interest. Go to your local historical society to learn about the place you live. Visit the local shops to support your city’s artists and small business owners. If you need an adults-only night out, visit your local breweries to try some craft beers. You may even get to join in a game of trivia and meet new friends.

Spend the Night In

If relaxing at home is more your thing, there are plenty of ways that you can still relax. If you love to read, set up a comfortable place where you can sit and relax all day long. Make a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, pull up a comfy chair and let your book do your traveling for you. Movie festivals are also fun ways to spend time. Pick a theme and have your friends and family contribute movies to watch. Grab a bunch of snacks, turn off the lights and enjoy the show.

The most important part of staycation is to have fun and get refreshed. During your staycation, do what makes you happy, whether that means leaving the house to go exploring or staying at home to enjoy your time away from the world.

 

Dealing with Seasonal Headaches

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

If you suffer from headaches, you know just what type of impact they can have on your productivity and ability to finish out your day. What you may not know is that, if you suffer from headaches mainly during times when the weather is changing, you could be affected by seasonal headaches. The changes in temperatures and barometric pressure during the spring and autumn season are actually a common trigger for headaches, so having a strategy that allows you to effectively deal with them can be useful.

Why do Seasonal Headaches Occur?

Studies have shown that some people who suffer headaches find that their symptoms worsen based on the changes that are occurring to the atmosphere. For example, the pain tends to be worse when there are extreme temperature changes. It has been speculated that these weather changes have an impact on the body’s hormones that act as pain messengers, like serotonin.

There may also potentially be a variety of other triggers that could cause seasonal headaches. For those who tend to suffer more headaches in the summer, exposure to heat for long periods of time could lead to headaches. Mold and other allergens can also cause those who are more susceptible to also suffer from headaches during certain times of the year. It is important to identify these triggers so that headache sufferers can either avoid those triggers or find a way to manage them.

Managing Seasonal Headaches

If you suffer from seasonal headaches or notice increased pain from headaches during certain seasons, it is always recommended that you visit a doctor to ensure that there are no underlying causes. If possible, it is also recommended that you keep a headache diary so that you can track your headache patterns. Keep track of the foods you eat, if you missed meals and how much water you are drinking. Your headache diary could help you and your doctor determine if you have triggers that could be potentially causing your seasonal allergies.

For those who have been able to identify a trigger, doing what you can to manage them can help you stay pain-free during your headache season. If allergies are a trigger, avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during the allergy season can help. Many local weather stations actually record the amount of pollen and mold in the air, which can potentially help you to plan any outdoor excursions more easily.

Strangely, hydration is often overlooked. During autumn and winter, for example, many people may be relying on caffeinated coffee beverages to get through the day instead of opting for water. Staying hydrated throughout the year can reduce the potential pain you may feel from seasonal headaches. Keeping up with a healthy diet, sticking to a healthy sleep schedule and continuing to exercise can also keep headache pain at bay.

Opting for Seasonal Headache Medications

Finally, if a headache sufferer knows that they suffer from seasonal headaches, they could potentially start a preventive medication before their headache season starts. Called calcium channel blockers, these medications block the effects of chemical serotonin. Serotonin contracts or tightens the blood vessels in the head while simultaneously lowering the person’s pain tolerance. These medications can cause side effects, so they may not be for everyone.

Because seasonal headaches can be extremely disruptive and may prevent you from spending time with your friends and family, learning how to manage your seasonal headache is a must. By taking charge of your health during your headache season, you can spend more time having fun and less time suffering from headache pain.

 

Staying Warm in Winter While Using the Heater Less

Friday, January 20th, 2017

If you live in an area that is known for getting very cold during the winter, you know just how expensive it can be to run the heater during those months. You most likely already know that blocking the drafts will keep your home warmer; however, you can still feel the cold especially at night. When you need a quick temperature boost, there are some ways that you can warm yourself up without having to rely on expensive heat.
Change Your Sheets and Comforters

Regular cotton blankets, sheets and comforters may be comfortable to sleep in during other times of the year. During the winter, however, you may find yourself waking up cold. Not only can this make it much more difficult to wake up in the morning, it may take some time for you to get your energy levels up. By changing to soft flannel sheets, you’ll feel much warmer throughout the night even when the temperatures drop outside.

Drink Warm Beverages

A warm mug of tea or coffee can make you feel refreshed and a bit warmer. Not only will you fell more awake, you’ll bring some warmth back into your hands. For the kids, you can even get some spiced apple cider brewing on the stove or some hot cocoa warming up in the microwave. They’ll love sipping on their treat while watching a family movie under a pile of blankets.

Cook Your Meals at Home

The oven is extremely adept at heating up your house. Plan some meals that you can cook with your significant other. Winter and the holidays are the perfect time to try out that recipe that you didn’t have time for. It’s also a great time to bake treats for your family and friends.

While the heat coming from your oven will make your home considerably warmer, keep in mind that you never want to keep your oven turned on just for warmth. Leaving an oven on without supervision can be a fire risk. As long as you having something cooking and you are keeping an eye on it, you should be just fine.

Exercise

When you exercise, you get your blood warmed up and moving. Simply stretching or hitting some yoga poses can make your body feel warmer, re-energize you and get you into a healthier mindset. In fact, some yoga positions and breathing techniques are actually designed to warm you up. For the best results, take some classes at your local gym or grab a DVD that you can use at home in your spare time. Not only will you feel warmer, your health will thank you too.

Wear a Onesie

Although they can look a bit silly, onesies that have attached feet can make you feel warm and toasty no matter how cold it is indoors. Onesies are not only comfortable, but they’ll also keep you warm as the material will essentially provide insulation that traps your body heat. If you have arms and feet that seem to get very cold in the winter no matter how many pairs of socks you wear, you’ll find that your trusty onesie can provide your limbs with the warmth you need.

Onesies can come in all designs and sizes. If you intend to spend some time at home for the holidays, why not grab some onesies for every member of your family? Children and adults will love to be warm and comfortable in these fun outfits.

Stay Warm this Winter

There are plenty of fun ways to stay warm this winter without having to turn on the heat. By finding ways to keep yourself warm, happy and healthy, you’ll have a brighter outlook and a less expensive energy bill.

 

Dealing with Fall Allergies

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Most people think of allergies as something that occurs only in the spring. However, if you or a family member are one of the many affected by fall allergies, you know just how difficult it can be.

Types of Fall Allergies

One of the largest contributors to allergies during the fall is ragweed. This plant can produce up to one billion grains of pollen per plant per season. Ragweed pollen has a distinct advantage in that it is lightweight and can travel hundreds of miles. The weed itself is versatile; it can grow along roadways, cracks in the sidewalk and in open fields. The pollen usually affects those between late summer and early to mid-fall.

The remaining contributors include a few other weeds and molds. The weeds may include sagebrush, goldenrod and pigweed. While their pollen can certainly cause discomfort for some, they do not pose as big a problem as ragweed for the majority of those affected by fall allergies.

Mold spores can be found throughout the early spring and summer; however, they become much more of a problem during autumn when the leaves fall. As the day warms up, the spores actually can rise into the air and affect the health of those who have to travel. In the evening, the spores return back to the ground.

Allergy Symptoms

The symptoms for fall allergies can vary depending on how each person is affected. While these symptoms are temporary, they can cause you or your family member to be utterly miserable. Someone affected by allergies may experience a runny nose, persistent coughing and itchy eyes. It can be difficult to pay attention in school or at work and can affect a person’s ability to do the best work possible.

Reducing Allergies in the Fall

Although allergies can be problematic, there are ways to prevent or reduce the symptoms so that they are manageable. Here are some precautions that can be taken by you or your affected family member:

  • Close the Windows: During the day when most mold spores are hanging in the air or ragweed is releasing pollen, it is best to keep the windows closed to prevent allergic reactions in the home.
  • Install a Whole-Home Air Cleaner: Aprilaire products can help you fight back at the particles that are harming your home and family.
  • Clean or Replace the Filters: If the air filters are clogged and you turn on the air conditioner, pollen and mold spores that were trapped can cycle back through the home. Clean filters can capture more contaminants.
  • Shower and Wash Clothing Frequently: As you walk around outside, spores and pollen can get into your hair and clothing. Showering and washing clothing will remove the allergens.
  • Vacuum and Dust Regularly: Vacuuming and dusting regularly will help remove any pollen or mold spores that are brought into the home.
  • Wear a Protective Mask: These masks can prevent a person from breathing in pollen and mold spores. While they may not be the most socially acceptable method, they can keep someone who has to be outdoors from suffering from allergies.

Get Help for Your Allergies

Fall allergies can be extremely disruptive, especially if they keep you or your family member from being unable to sleep, concentration or be as productive as possible when in school or at work. If you or your family member suffers these symptoms during this time of year, they may wish to be diagnosed by a doctor through a simple blood test or a skin test. If it is found that you or your family member is allergic to certain common fall allergens, medication may be possible.

 

How to Keep Kids Occupied During the Summer

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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When school gets out, kids go from being stuck indoors all day to having the freedom to wreck havoc on the neighborhood all hours of the day and play video games for hours on end. While they should definitely enjoy the outdoors as much as they can, bored kids get into trouble easily. Having them accompany you while you run all of your errands is not always so fun either. However, keeping kids occupied can be difficult if you do not have a plan.
Create a Reading List

Kids who continue to read throughout the summer tend to do better in school the next year. Reading keeps their minds sharp and gives them something calming and relaxing to do, especially on days when it is just too hot to play outdoors. If you do not know where to start with creating a reading list for your child, many libraries have programs that make it easy to find titles your child will enjoy.

The titles you choose may depend on your kid’s age, their reading level and what they enjoy. If you have a middle school age child, series such as Redwall by Brian Jacques and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling may be great places to start. High school kids may enjoy reading some of the classics. Be sure to set realistic milestones so your kids do not feel overwhelmed.

Take Lessons

Taking weekly swimming classes, horseback riding lessons or even cheerleading or tumbling lessons is a fun way to keep kids who are not so active more active. Learning how to swim is a critical skill even if you do not live near the ocean. Horseback riding allows kids to strengthen their leg muscles while learning how to listen to instructions. Some instructors will even teach the kids how to properly care for the horse. Cheerleading and tumbling classes can increase your kid’s flexibility, core strength and teamwork skills. Both boys and girls of all ages can be involved in this activity.

Start Long Projects

Having several months with no set schedule gets boring pretty fast. When the boredom finally sets in, start a project with your child. Build a model airplane, build a birdhouse, start an insanely detailed paint-by-numbers kit or get going on a basic coding project. Having a side project that can keep your kid occupied throughout the summer is helpful for when it rains or if all of their friends are out of town.

If you have a backyard, consider starting a garden. Let your kids help plan what should be grown, when it should be planted and when to do the watering. Let them make some mistakes along the way and get a dirty.

Don’t Forget to Schedule Some Free Time

Sometimes having nothing to do is best. The school year is often extremely stressful for all kids, no matter what age they are. Some kids spend their summer sleeping in and staying up late. Others decide to get a part-time job to earn some spending money. Many kids want to spend a week with their friends at the mall or go aimlessly bike riding around the neighborhood. The summer time is theirs to enjoy, so just make sure they have a chance to relax.

Whether you are a stay at home parent or a working parent, keeping your children occupied when they are out of school is extremely important. Not only will you prevent them from simply wasting their summer before they have to go back to school, but you can also ensure that they learn a few skills, keep their minds sharp and get the relaxation and time to unwind that they need.

 

5 Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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During the summer, it can get hot and humid pretty quickly. However, there are plenty of adults and children who are still quite happy to time outside. Whether you are exercising, gardening or just spending the day at your local park, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion.

How Does Someone Become Overheated?

Everyone has a built-in mechanism that keeps them cool during warm or hot days. This mechanism, known as sweating, allows the body to release internal heat. When sweat evaporates off a person’s skin, the person feels cooler. As long as a person stays hydrated, they often have no trouble staying outdoors for hours.

A person may suffer heat exhaustion, a type of heat-related illness, when they are exposed to high temperatures in addition to high humidity levels. Essentially, the high humidity prevents sweat from evaporating as quickly. The sweat becomes a sort of insulation, causing the person’s internal body heat to continue to rise. In response, the body may produce more sweat, causing the person to quickly become dehydrated and begin to suffer from heat-related health problems.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

There are several major symptoms that could indicate a person is overheated. Their skin my feel clammy or cold and they may exhibit excessive sweating. They may experience muscle cramping and fatigue. They may also feel nauseous and even vomit. Young children are likely to become cranky.

If a person becomes extremely overheated, they could have some cognitive symptoms that could indicate that they are suffering from heat exhaustion. They could potentially become dizzy and faint. In worst case scenarios, they could show signs of shock. These include rapid, shallow breathing, a fast pulse and even unconsciousness. If a person is disoriented or unconscious, it is imperative that they get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

What to Do if Someone is Suffering from Heat Exhaustion

In general, someone who is suffering from heat exhaustion does not need to be taken to the hospital unless they have fainted, lost consciousness or cannot cool down. If this happens, emergency services should be called as soon as possible. Additionally, it is recommended that young children and elderly individuals should be taken to the hospital for treatment.

For other instances of suspected heat exhaustion, the person should be gotten out of the sun immediately. They should be given lots of water to get some fluids back into their body. Excess clothing, such as jackets, should be removed. If it is possible, sitting in an air-conditioned room or taking a cold bath can help get the person’s temperatures back down. If at any point they begin to feel worse or lose consciousness, they should go to the hospital.

Preventing Heat Exhaustion

If you are planning to spend the day outside and it is hot or humid, there are several things that you can do to prevent heat exhaustion. You can protect your skin from the sun by wearing light, loose-fitting clothing and sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15. Additionally, bring water with you and stay as hydrated as possible. If you have young children with you, make sure that they are taking breaks to get a drink of water.

Even though the summer is all about spending time outdoors, always step inside for some cool-off time, especially if you are out during the hottest part of the day. If you have children who have been out running around all day, have them come inside for a cold snack and some water so they have a chance to sit for a bit.