Those Sizzlin’ Days of Summer

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Those lazy, crazy days of summer are here – We need to add “Sizzlin'” to the list of adjectives that describe the days of summer in Columbus, GA and the area.  The signs of summer are all around us. The one above is the marquis at the CB&T Bank branch on Macon Road on Monday afternoon  Having just returned from a senior tennis tournament in Savannah, I thought some information about dealing with the heat might be beneficial. The players at the tournament practiced many of these tips as the heat index on the courts was over 105 degrees !

In order to keep its temperature balanced and release excessive heat, the body has certain mechanisms, such as perspiration. If the body has trouble keeping its temperature within the normal range certain symptoms may appear:

  • headache
  • cramps
  • swelling of the hands, feet and ankles
  • unusual fatigue and exhaustion
  • general malaise

In some cases, dehydration symptoms may also appear, including thirst, decreased need to pass urine, dark urine, dry skin and fast pulse and breathing. See a health professional if you have any of these symptoms.  Babies and children under the age of 5 are among those with the highest risk of heat-related complications. The deterioration of a child’s health status, especially a young child, can happen quickly and be hard to detect. During a heat wave, it’s important that your child remain well-hydrated – drinking water regularly every 20 minutes.

Certain factors increase the risk of heat-related malaise such as:

  • High humidity levels (Columbus definitely has this factor!)
  • Faint or lack of wind
  • Heat wave early in the summertime before body is acclimated to the heat.
  • Living in an urban area where temperatures are usually higher than in rural areas.

Heatstroke is the most serious complication of heat-related harmful effects. It occurs when the body is unable to adequately cool down. It can occur suddenly and must be treated quickly as it is considered a medical emergency. Symptoms of a heatstroke include:

  • Fever higher than 103 degrees F
  • Dry, red and warm, or pale and cool skin
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Confusion, incoherent speech
  • Agressiveness or strange behavior
  • General malaise

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

  • Stay well hydrated – at least 6-8 glasses of water per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Cool off regularly – swim, cool bath or shower, apply wet towel to your skin
  • Keep physical exertion to a minimum
  • Wear light clothing and a hat
  • Avoid being outside between the hours of 11 – 3.
  • Watch for extreme heat warnings
  • Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and dehydration and see a health professional promptly

Those lazy, hazy days of summer are meant to be enjoyed – Be smart and remember your limitations. Recognize the warning signs of heat-related issues and follow preventative measures to keep them at bay.  In a few words ….. BE SMART, SENSIBLE AND HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE !!!!!

About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar Guild.photo (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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