~ Minding the Dangers of Summer Heat Waves - Some Tips for a "Safe and Sane" Summer

~ Minding the Dangers of Summer Heat Waves - Some Tips for a "Safe and Sane" Summer
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Summer is a time for fun, but the season's hot temperatures can be very dangerous to both human health -- and that of your pets.

To help us all prepare for the heat, the National Weather Service offers Heat Warnings and Advisories, as well as common sense precautions to observe during a heat wave or excessive heat event.

National Weather Service Heat Wave Resources

  1. The NWS web site has a concise list of what to watch out for and what to do in the case of heat-related distress: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat
  2. A handy, 2-page printable reference on the signs, co-authored by the Red Cross, of heat-related distress, as well as Dos and Don'ts: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/heatwave.pdf
  3. A 50-page "Excessive Heat Events Guidebook" detailing how to prepare for and handle an excessive heat event : www.epa.gov/heatisland/about/pdf/EHEguide_final.pdf

Top Hot Weather Precautions

  1. Slow down - confine strenuous activity, if necessary, to the coolest time of the day
  2. Dress for summer - light weight and light-colored clothing helps keep you cooler
  3. Eat lighter fare - heavier foods, such as protein, create "inner heat" to metabolize
  4. Hydrate - and avoid alcohol and other dehydrating liquids
  5. Stay indoors, preferably in air-conditioned places
  6. Limit sun exposure and avoid sunburn!

Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets Unattended in Parked Vehicles!

Every year heatstroke deaths claim the lives of children, pets and others left in parked cars. The National Weather service web site links to an animation illustrating how quickly and how much a car can heat up in the sun. While the temperature outside the vehicle is 80 degrees F, in the space of one minute, the interior of the car reaches 123 degrees F.

Common Heat-Related Symptoms

Symptoms of heat-related distress include muscle cramps and spasms, weakness, dizziness, nausea and fainting. In this case, the guidance is to move the person to a cooler environment and and work to cool the body down with sips of water and cool cloths. ** If the person exhibits heat stroke symptoms, such as confusion or an altered mental state, rapid pulse, or possible unconsciousness, the guidance is to seek medical assistance or go to the hospital immediately!

NOAA, National Weather Service, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
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