How to keep your young, elderly loved ones safe during Tri-State heat wave

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 06, 2016

While it might not be the hottest this week, humidity levels across the Tri-State will make for some of the hottest-feeling days so far this summer.

While uncomfortable for many, conditions like this can be downright dangerous for some, especially for the very young and the elderly.

WCPO spoke with experts from Cincinnati-based Home Care Assistance and has these tips for ensuring the safety of your elderly loved ones as the summer heat rolls in:

1. Ensure ventilation

Especially where air conditioning is not available, proper ventilation in one’s home is crucial to avoid overheating. Use a variety of different types of fans, and ensure ceiling fans are moving in a counter-clockwise direction.

2. Stay hydrated

This might seem obvious, but it’s easy to misjudge how much water one’s body actually needs, especially as they age. And don’t feel limited to water: Adding fruit, citrus in particular, as well as a little bit of salt to your diet helps in water absorption and retention.

3. Adjust home menu

Using the stove top and the oven will only increase the temperature in one’s home. Consider dishes that do not require these for preparation.

4. Cut out the coffee

Unless it’s decaf and iced! Beverages containing caffeine can increase the risk of dehydration.

5. Use other cooling methods

Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy, or consider a wet or chilled bandana as a way of keeping skin cool and body temperatures down.