Summer Heat Safety Tips
Everyone should follow these basic heat safety tips in order to avoid the dangers of heat exposure. Keep these suggestions in mind:
During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside. If possible stay inside an air-conditioned building. The hottest hours of the day are typically from mid morning to mid afternoon.
Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run to do a quick errand. People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car.
Properly supervise children during outdoor play, being sure to monitor them closely and frequently.
Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting or experience cramps.
Use a fan. Don't place the fan directly in front of a window because it may push hot air in.
The signs of heat exhaustion may include the following:
Breathing that is shallow and fast
Loss of color in skin
Pulse that is fast and weak
Skin that feels moist and cool (when touched)
If you see any of the above exhaustion signs, get out of the heat immediately. The person experiencing symptoms should be given plenty of cool fluids and be wiped own with cool cloths. If rapid improvement isn't seen, call 911 immediately.
The signs of major heat exposure, also known as heat stroke, include the following:
Extremely high body temperature (over 103 degrees F)
Headache that is throbbing
Lack of sweating
Rapid pulse that is strong
Red skin that is hot and dry (when touched)
Heat stroke always requires medical attention. If you see any of the above exposure signs, get the person out of the heat immediately and take them to the nearest hospital or call 911.