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Summer sizzle

With the temperatures outside rising, we need to heed advice to stay well and prevent illness or injury.

So, stay cool inside and keep your cool by limiting strenuous activity to those cooler times of day.

Avoid the sun and use sunscreen when you do venture outdoors. Protect your face and head from the sun. Big-brimmed hats are more than fashionable – they offer a shield from direct, powerful sun rays.

Dehydration sneaks up on you when you forget to drink lots of fluids – water is best – and may result in a trip to the ER for IV fluids.

Use air-conditioning, if you have it, but do not overuse your electricity since it may cause a community power outage.

Eat small meals, large ones increase internal heat aiding the digestive process.

And, most importantly, keep children, pets, vulnerable and dependent loved ones with you – not in the car to wait in “comfort.” That car will lose its comfort in an instant and become a life-threatening sauna.

Happy summer! See you at the pool, in early morning or cooler evening, of course. 

(S-R archives photo: A dog's coat is like insulation, warding off cold in the winter and heat in the summer. Trim, but don't give your dog a crew cut or such a close shave that it takes away that protection. Dogs can get sunburn and skin cancer, so never cut fur shorter than an inch.)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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