Soaring temperatures inspire many individuals to seek out the comfort of beaches and lakes to cool off, but dangerously hot weather can also serve as a reminder of why a life insurance policy is important.
A brochure from the U.S. Department of Commerce notes that more than 175 Americans die each year due to the toll that summer heat takes on their bodies. Thousands of others are hospitalized with varying degrees of heat stroke and other related illnesses.
The elderly and small children tend to be most vulnerable to heat-related illness, but anyone can be affected if they forget to drink enough water while engaging in strenuous work or other outdoor activity.
The Commerce Department warns people to wear lightweight clothing during high temperatures and to limit strenuous activities. It’s also advisable to avoid taking salt tablets or getting too much sunlight.
Sunlight may actually pose more of a long-term threat to people on a hot summer day, especially if they spend time at the beach or outdoors without sunscreen. With the threat of skin cancer on the rise and with high summer temperatures as dangerous as ever, investing in life insurance is a sound idea.