Some people can't wait until summer arrives, while others dread it. Summer may bring picnics, visits to the beach or even a road trip, yet it sometimes brings on unwanted inconveniences to others. Forced air quality advisories and heat warnings can be a challenge for everyone, even more so for those challenged with a lung ailment. Whether it be asthma or COPD, the key to enjoyment may be all about planning ahead an playing it safe.
Summer Safety Tips
Protect your skin with appropriate sunscreen and clothing to help minimize sun exposure. Don't forget your hat!
Always stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water (unless otherwise directed by your physician). Stay away from drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol or high amounts of sugar.
Minimize outdoor activities when air quality or heat advisories are issued. There are plenty of things to do indoors too!
Safely use fans and/or air conditioning systems to keep cool. You can also keep the sun out and the heat minimized, by closing blinds and curtains to help keep out the heat.
All oxygen users should ensure that their back-up oxygen cylinder is full and ready to go in the event of a power outage. If using a portable oxygen concentrator, always make sure that your batteries are fully charged! In the event of a power outage, immediately contact Breathe Easy to ensure that your oxygen supply is closely monitored.
Be prepared at home in the event of a severe storm by stocking bottled water, canned goods, a can opener, flashlight, non-perishable food items, battery operated radio and first aid kit.
Watch for symptoms of heat illness which may include:
dizziness or fainting
nausea or vomiting
rapid breathing and/or heart rate
decreased urination with usually dark yellow urine
Call a friend or family member if you are not feeling well and need assistance. IN the vent of an emergency, immediately call 911.
Did You Know That?
Pets are sensitive to heat and humidity and are at risk of heatstroke to ... so don't forget about your pets!
Fisher & Paykel have released it new Vitera™ full face mask. Contact Breathe Easy for more information.
Test Your Knowledge
What's one way to protect your body from sun? (Hint: You can wear one on your head)
Don't forget about your .....? (Hint: Some are called "Man's best friend")
What should I do with my back-up oxygen cylinders and batteries? (Hint: Opposite of empty)