Heat Safety

Keeping cool as the temperature rises.

Break out the flip flops, slap on some sunscreen, and get ready because warmer temps are on the horizon! That’s right after a long winter and a chilly spring, we can finally enjoy some good weather.

Perhaps good is stretching it… High heat and humidity is expected for the next few months. High temps and heat waves can be dangerous. Older people and infants are at the highest risk. Here are some great safety tips on how to prepare for the heat and how to prevent heat related illnesses.

1. Increase your fluid intake. Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids to keep yourself hydrated. If you’re exercising in the heat, then drink at least 2-4 glasses per hour. Also, avoid super cold beverages which can cause stomach cramps.

2. Slow down. Pace yourself. Eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities to the coolest time of the day. If you still need to work or exercise in hot weather, take it slow and steady. Take frequent breaks in a cool or shady area. Most importantly – if you start to feel weak or faint then STOP all activity.

3. Dress down. Wear less clothing. Choose lightweight, loose-fitting, and light colored clothing. A wide brimmed hat will also keep you cool in the bright sun.

4. Don’t get burned. Wear sunscreen. Sun burn affects your body’s ability to cool itself. Visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website for tips on selecting the proper sunscreen for you and your family.

5. Stay in. Air conditioning is the best way for you to beat the heat. If you don’t have air then visit your local library, take in a movie, or go shopping at an indoor mall. There are plenty of public places that you can visit to keep cool.

6. Close your windows. It might sound odd, but opening your windows during the day actually lets in more heat. Keep your doors and windows closed and shut your blinds to block the sun’s rays during the day. Open your windows only at night if the air is cooler outside, than it is inside.

7. Cool off. Take a cold shower or go swimming. You can also cool yourself by applying ice to your wrists.

8. NEVER leave kids or animals in a closed, parked car or even one with the windows down! Every year children and animals die in cars. The heat can rise up to 200 degrees inside within minutes. Report children or pets do the police immediately by calling 911.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!

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