In Philadelphia, summer is a great time to get outdoors. But the heat, humid air and long days can be unsafe, especially for older adults and people with health problems. Too much heat can cause
heat sickness. Know what signs to look for and how to prevent it.
Signs of heat sickness may include:
If you have any of these signs, get to a cool spot and drink something. Using a fan and putting wet towels on your skin may also help. If you start feeling worse, get medical help.
During hot weather, stay safe from the heat by following these tips:
Drink lots of fluids.
Stay cool outside.
Stay cool inside.
Watch out for others.
For help when it is hot or to find a place to cool off, call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline at 215-765-9040.
If you are on medication for any reason, you may be at high risk for heat-related problems. Be sure to ask your doctor, and be careful to avoid situations where you might overheat.
Summer means picnics and barbecues. Food poisoning happens more often in the summer because warm weather and eating outside makes it harder to make and serve food safely.
Raw meat, chicken, fish and unwashed fruits and veggies can have germs (bacteria or toxins) that can make people sick. These germs can also live on food that is left out for too long or on unwashed surfaces like countertops and cutting boards. Kids and older adults are more likely to get food poisoning because their bodies have a harder time fighting germs. Sometimes it is hard to tell if someone has food poisoning because the signs may not start until days after eating the bad food.
The signs of food poisoning are: upset stomach, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea.
Before you sit down to eat, make sure you know the steps to keep your food safe.
Keep your food safe by following these four easy steps:
Clean. Wash hands, cooking tools and surfaces before and after they touch raw meat, chicken or fish.
Separate. Keep raw meat, chicken and fish away from other foods. Don’t return cooked food to the tray that carried the raw food unless it’s been washed.
Cook. Cook foods to the right temperature and use a thermometer to check. Remember, you can’t tell if food is done by how it looks.
Chill. Food left out of the refrigerator (or above 40 degrees) for more than 2 hours may not be safe to eat. Play it safe: put leftover food back on ice once you finish eating so it does not spoil.
Mosquito and tick bites can make you sick. These bugs can spread diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.
If you are out when bugs are active: