Elderly Care in Stamford CT
The summer months offer a wide variety of opportunities for fun, excitement, and beneficial activities for your aging parent. This hot season also means the potential for severe weather. Preparing for this potential and knowing how to protect your senior loved one can mean that both of you feel more confident no matter what type of weather the summer brings. June 19 through 25 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. During this week turn your focus to helping your parent understand the potential risks that lightning brings and how they can stay safe when it is in the area.
Each year approximately 49 people in the United States are killed by lightning and hundreds more suffer from serious injuries. Though there is an old saying that lightning never strikes the same place or the same person twice, this is absolutely not the case. In fact, there are plenty of recorded incidents of the same location getting hit by multiple lightning strikes within the same storm. This means that no matter what type of severe weather your parent has faced in their home, they must be prepared for the potential of lightning danger.
The following tips can help your parent remain safe in the event of lighting with your help or the help of a home care provider:
• Go indoors. If your parent is enjoying an outdoor activity when the lightning storm occurs, get them inside as quickly as possible. The ideal course of action is to get inside a secure, stable building such as a home, store, school, or office. If this is not an option, the next best thing is to get into a vehicle. Despite popular belief, cars do not attract lightning and if a vehicle is hit, the rubber of the tires will provide grounding that keeps the current from traveling.
• Stay safe outdoors. If there is no building or vehicle around, it is important to remember that your loved one is not truly safe. There are steps that they can take to reduce the risk as much as possible. This includes avoiding high locations, open fields, or anything isolated and tall such as trees, fences, or poles. Avoid water or wet locations as water conducts electricity and will carry a current.
• Do not use a corded phone. A landline phone can carry lightning, causing serious injury to anyone using it. Use of cellular phones or cordless phones is safe.
• Avoid electronics or appliances. Do not touch any items that utilize electricity, such as televisions, computers, or electric radios. You can use a remote to turn the television off or a laptop that is not plugged in.
• Avoid windows. Discourage your parent from getting near windows or doors while lighting is in the area. They might have small leaks or cracks that could permit lightning into the building.
• Avoid plumbing. Do not allow your parent to take a shower or bath, wash their hands, or do the dishes when there is lightning in the area. The current can move through the water and cause serious injury and damage.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.