Excessive heat is the number one killer when it comes to weather-related deaths. This number includes floods, tornadoes, and even hurricanes.
It is impossible to find a good way to show the heat, so the deadly heat rarely gets on the evening news. However, the lack of media attention doesn’t mean that extreme heat should not be taken very seriously.
In 2016, more people died from heat than any other year in Phoenix, Maricopa County. More than 1,400 Arizonans in 2014 were so affected by the heat that they had to go to the emergency room according to the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Another symptom, dehydration, sent even more people to the hospital.
Excessive heat can overwhelm a person quickly. One way, in particular, is if the air conditioner goes out. When it is 112 outside, that means it is that or more inside. Older adults are very susceptible to heat, so it is very important to keep your air conditioner in good condition as to avoid any problems in the summer. Most importantly, if your AC does go out and you feel overheated that you should see other housing arrangements.
“As you age in general, your body has a more difficult time regulating temperatures and the normal systems you have that tell your brain: ‘I’m too hot right now, I need to get out of the heat,’ ” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, a medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
Here are some steps to protect yourself and your family:
• Three S’s: Stay hydrated. Stay cool. Stay informed.
• Avoid being outside during the mid- to late-afternoon in the summer.
• Drink lots of water. If you are indoors all day, you should drink about two liters of water per day. When you are out, try to drink one to two liters every hour.
• Stay informed. Keep an eye on the weather conditions in your area, so you know when to expect a heat advisory.
During the summer months, please be careful during the hot days. Stay cool, and enjoy the summer! Add Air, Inc. is here to help you when you need us! Call us for a maintenance visit for your air conditioner.