Heat Safety As Summer Nears

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

Although the official start to summer is still over a month away, it's never too early to talk about heat safety tips.

Every year at this time we talk about the dangers of heat, and tragically we hear stories about children dying in cars in the heat, the elderly perishing in over heated apartments, and pets being neglected in the heat. A lot of people don't realize that the heat can kill, like any other weather hazard.

The east has already seen a few 90 degree days so far, and it can't be stressed enough to take it easy in the heat, and follow some simple precautions.  1. Never leave a child abandoned in a hot car or at any other time. The implications are obvious, with death resulting in many cases. 2. Also make sure the elderly are checked on for their comfort. Many times the elderly can perish in a dwelling where the temperature is simply high enough to kill. Make sure their a/c is working properly, and they have the means to get through a heat wave. 3. Wear light colored clothing, preferably white and made of cotton. Dark colors absorb light and heat. 4. Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. Alcohol is not recommended as it causes dehydration. 5. Remember your pets. If they're outside, make sure they have a shady place to stay with plenty of water. And of course never leave them in the car during extreme heat. Make sure you crack a window or the sun roof, to give them some air if they are left in there for a short period of time. 6. Those wind shield visors work well with keeping the direct rays of the sun off your dashboard and steering wheel and lowers your car temperature around 20 degrees. 7. If you can, avoid being outside during the peak heating hours of noon until 4 pm. This is the typical time of the daytime maximum temperature. Also if you exercise, it is best to do so before nine am and after 5 pm. If you're exercising in excessive heat, and feel dizzy, you stop sweating, and/or feel the chills, stop activity immediately and consult a physician. You could be suffering from heat stroke

These are common sense tips to a safer summer. By the way, the week ahead will not feature any excessive heat as we'll be seeing abundant clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 70s and 80s, with the 90s taking a break. Hopefully we'll pick up enough rain to take the edge off the dry conditions a bit.

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