Beat The Heat
With a heat wave weeping the nation right now, heat related illnesses are on the rise. Here are a few ways to stay cool, and safe.
⚫When engaging in outdoor activities:
•Take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors
•Apply and reapply sunscreen often
•Wear light weight, breathable and lightly colored clothing
⚫ Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water, avoid beverages with alcohol or caffeine
⚫ Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles
⚫ Check on the elderly, they are more sensitive to temperature extremes.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.