Hot Weather Tips
Hot weather can be dangerous and even deadly. Precautions must be taken to ensure health and safety during our summer months. A person suffering from the heat may not realize it. Be aware of the warning signs of heat related illness which include:
- Heat Cramps: Painful muscle contractions, usually in the hamstring muscles.
- Heat Exhaustion: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, rapid/weak pulse, pale or clammy skin.
- Heatstroke: Hot/dry/flushed skin, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and confusion.
- Drink plenty of water. Carry a bottle with you when you are away from home.
- Wear loose fitting cotton clothing, hats with wide brims and carry an umbrella.
- Check with your doctor. Heat may affect your reaction to certain medications.
- Keep electric lights low or off, shades drawn, blinds closed and limit oven use.
- Stay in well-ventilated areas. Circulation of air helps you keep cool.
- Open a window or turn on a fan or air conditioner.
- Have a friend check up on you at different times of the day when it is very hot.
- Eat light meals, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Plan ahead so your outside activities are during the coolest part of the day.
- Avoid unnecessary activity and being in direct sunlight or a hot environment.
- Take your time. Do not run around in a hurry.
- Never wait in a car or leave people or pets in a car.
- Remember, excessive heat exposure can result in illness or death!
If you need emergency medical services, call 911 immediately!