COPPERAS COVE (July 26, 2013)--The Copperas Cove Fire Department has some advice for seniors during these hot summer months.
According a department spokesperson, people 65 and older are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.
Tips for keeping cool and staying safe include not waiting until you are thirsty to drink water, take cool showers or baths to cool down, wear loose and lightweight clothing, check for temperature updates and don’t rely on a fan as the primary cooling device.
Residents should also check on a friend or neighbor periodically and have someone do the same for them.
Emergency personnel say to seek medical care immediately if you have symptoms of muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting, which could be indicators of a heat-related illness.