ATLANTA -- For seniors, the heat of summer can signal danger unless you take the proper precautions to avoid possible heat exhaustion or even a stroke.

If you live alone, it is especially important to make sure you have a neighbor or friend check in on you at least twice a day. Also be sure to have an emergency telephone number handy in case you feel any symptoms of heat exhaustion. The symptoms include a flushed face, elevated body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness or confusion.

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First and foremost, stay in a cool place. If you have air conditioning, make sure it is turned on and at a temperature in the mid-to-high 70’s. If you do not have AC and it gets unbearably hot, go to a cool place. But if you do have access to one, contact the “HOT LINE” of the Atlanta Regional Commission at 1-888-552-4464 for assistance.

While you are home, some precautions to take:

*Drink plenty of liquids and stay hydrated. You can try flavored water as well.

*Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

*Wear loose fitting light-colored cotton clothing.

*If you go outdoors, be sure to use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

Never hesitate to call for assistance if you feel the slightest signs of illness brought on by the intense heat.

Again, that emergency number to call for assistance;