MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people in the United State are killed by extreme heat every year.
The National Safety Council says our body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces, and heat-related illnesses can escalate quickly, leading to delirium, organ damage, and even death.
Infants and young children, and elderly people are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
"An elderly person's body does not cool down as easily as our," explained Susie Ezell, owner of Right-At-Home, an in-home care company that serves seniors and adults with disabilities. She offers these tips to keep everyone in your family safe through the summer heat.
- Check on loved ones often.
"Make sure they're in a cool environment," Ezell said. "Seniors seem to overdress, make sure they're not going outside with a sweater on in the middle of the heat."
- Stay hydrated.
"They should use an insulated bottle, make sure they have cold water in it," recommended Ezell.
- Wear sunscreen.
"Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 45," Ezell suggested for senior citizens. "They are very easily sunburned."
- Wear a hat.
"Something to keep them covered," Ezell explained wardrobe is very important in the summer months. "Light clothing, cotton, light colored."
- Go out early in the morning.
"Seniors do not need to be out in the middle of the day when it's so hot," Ezell said.