This summer has been particularly hot, and with August—summer’s hottest month—finally here, people with disabilities are going to need help staying cool. That’s why your Tulsa disability attorneys put together a list of things you can do to help beat the summer time heat.
6 Ways Oklahomans With Disabilities Can Beat The Heat
- Equipment Maintenance—Make sure your fans and AC are in proper working order. A good cleaning and a splash of oil here and there will keep these appliances from breaking down. This can also save you a little bit of money on cooling bills.
- Check Out City Services—Call your local city hall to find out if your town has heat relief programs for residents vulnerable to heat. Many cities all over the country sponsor programs like this to help people with disabilities.
- Apply For Assistance— The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has $18 million of federal money available to help with Oklahoma’s cooling needs. Help is limited to low income families and people at risk from heat-related health problems. Apply ASAP, since funding is limited.
- Stay Out Of The Sun—If you have to be outside, stay in the shade, use sunscreen, and wear a hat. Keeping the sun off of you can go a long way toward keeping you cool.
- Know The Symptoms—Being aware of the signs of heat exhaustion can help you avoid it. So look out for red/dry skin, throbbing headaches, and disorientation. If you or someone you know start to experience these symptoms, seek relief from the heat immediately.
- Get A Drink—And by “get a drink” we mean drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated can keep you from falling victim to heat exhaustion. So don’t forget to take a bottle of water or a cup of water with you wherever you go.
For more tips to help keep you from overheating this summer, keep following our Tulsa disability blog. Stay cool Oklahoma!