As The Temperatures Start To Rise Above 100.
As the heat index rises we must stay cool and safe from Over-Exposure from the sun and Heat stroke.
Here are some simple things to remember.
- Never Leave any PERSON OR PET in a HOT CAR. Even with the windows down it is still too HOT for anything to survive when the cars temperature rises above 100 Degrees / 38 Celsius.
- Make sure you carry at least 1 gallon jug of water with you in the car. Just in case you get stuck on the highway you will have something to hydrate with.
- If you have pets “PLEASE provide them with ”SHADE” and “WATER”. I cannot express how important it is to care for your pets also.
- Temperatures are higher in most states from what is “NORM”.
Those who are at highest risk: include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care. If you have elderly family members check in with them often to make sure they are properly hydrated and cool.
- Are they drinking enough water?
- Do they have access to air conditioning?
- Do they need help keeping cool?
Following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
- Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
- Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
- If you participate on a sports team that practices during hot weather protect yourself and look out for your teammates. Pace activity, Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
- Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned, and using air conditioning in vehicles.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully. Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
Seek medical care immediately if you or anyone else has symptoms of heat-related illness.
MORE INFO FROM THE CDC
- Beat the Heat (When Working Outdoors) [5:30 minutes]
- Downloadable Extreme Heat Media Toolkit
- Extreme Heat and Your Health
- Frequently Asked Questions about Extreme Heat
- Heat and Athletes
- Heat and Infants and Children
- Heat and Low Income
- Heat Stress in the Elderly
- How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat
- Prepare for Diabetes Care in Heat and Emergencies
- Protect Workers from Heat Stress
- Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness