Take care during summer heat waves

“I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?” — Mother Teresa


More often than not, there is need for neighbors in this part of the state to worry about each other in winter rather than summer. Odds are there are many more problems during winter than in throughout the balmy days of summer.

Truth be known, we don’t get too many days when there is overly oppressive heat in the area.

Still, there are the occasional summer days when the thermometer really peaks and pops. There are occasional stretches when things can get pretty tough for days on end.

It is on these days we would hope the best traditions of neighborliness would be expressed in our community. Check on neighbors, especially the elderly, those with young children and those with medical conditions that may be an issue in hot weather.

We encourage all our readers and neighbors to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Acclimate.  Slowly become accustomed to the heat. Limit your sun exposure during the mid-day hours. 
  • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day, between 4 and 7 a.m. 
  • Dress for summer. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a hat and sunscreen is helpful. Sunburn decreases your ability to cool yourself and causes fluids loss.  
  • Drink plenty of water.  Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods high in protein, which increase the amount of metabolic heat produced and water loss. 
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places.

It’s finally summer in Michigan.

Enjoy these days … and be careful!


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