Heat Safety: What You Need to Know Jun 8, 2017

Most Summers in the United States produce heat waves that bring health risks if precautions are not taken. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged due to decreased evaporation of sweat. When your body can no longer adequately cool itself or when too much water or salt is lost through sweating, your body temperature rises and heat-related illness can occur.

In 2016, there were 39 vehicular heatstroke children deaths in the United States, and already as of May 31st, there has been 9 child heatstroke fatalities. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Look before you lock! In the last twenty years, more than 700 children, most no more than three years old, have perished from heatstroke in unattended cars. The temperature in a vehicle can quickly become deadly. If the outside temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, in 10 minutes the temperature inside the vehicle will be near 100 degrees, in 30 minutes near 115 degrees and in 1 hour, near 125 degrees.

During periods of hot and humid weather:

  • Drink water often
  • Take breaks and cool down
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight
  • Eat light and easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads
  • Make sure pets and livestock have access to water
  • Check on neighbors

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