June is National Safety Month so what better time to call attention to the importance of being prepared. As summer time reaches its peak, there are various things to plan for with regards to your health and safety.
Research shows that as the temperatures rise, so does property crime. Here is what you can do to make sure you are safe this summer:
· Be aware of what is happening in the neighborhood. There are several mobile apps to help keep you informed such as Next Door. Also make sure you keep in close contact with your neighbors so everyone can stay up to date on situations that may arise near you.
· Of course, always keep your doors locked, including windows, side doors and garage.
· If you plan to leave town, never mention anything about your departure on social media. That is an open invitation for intruders. You should wait to post photos of your trip until you return.
· Before you leave, make sure to leave a light on, ask your neighbors to keep a watchful eye on your home and to grab your mail. Or you can go online to request the post office to hold your mail for you at https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/. You want to give the impression that someone is always home.
Whether you are on vacation or taking a stay-cation in your home, it’s important to always keep your health as top priority. Keep these summer-related conditions in mind:
· Make sure and drink more water than you normally would. After the age of 50, our sense of thirst tends to decrease--- so dehydration can happen very quickly in the summer. So, keep filling up that water bottle!
· Heat exhaustion is another condition to be aware of that often occurs after spending several days in the blazing sun, when the body begins to lose salt and fluid. Some of the warning signs of heat exhaustion include nausea, headache, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, blurred vision, vomiting, rapid weak heartbeat, excessive sweating and dizziness. So, always balance out your summer days with an equal amount of shade as there is sun and continue to drink fluids.
· Heat stroke is more serious and occurs when the body cannot cool itself down properly. Symptoms of heat stroke are similar to that of heat exhaustion, but when the body temperature reaches over 104 degrees is when it’s time to seek emergency medical help.
Summer is a fun-filled season with plenty of activities to do outside with friends and family, so keeping these tips in mind will help you stay health and safe. Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit forhealthandliving.ivhpevents.com
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan