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Posted on: July 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Take Precautions in Summer Heat

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High temperatures during the summer can affect your health and the health of your family members and pets. Please follow heat safety precautions provided by the National Weather Service:

Basic tips:
• Limit strenuous outside activities, find shade, and stay hydrated.
• Check on the elderly, the sick, and those without air conditioning.
• If you work outside, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

For your pets:
• Limit exercise.
• Provide ample shade and water.
• Don’t rely on a fan.
• Watch out for hot pavement.

Vehicle safety:
• Do not leave children or pets in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
• When the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 99 degrees in 10 minutes, 109 degrees in 20 minutes, 114 degrees in 30 minutes, and 123 degrees in 60 minutes. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Heat exhaustion:
• Faint or dizzy
• Excessive sweating
• Cool, pale, clammy skin
• Nausea or vomiting
• Rapid, weak pulse
• Muscle cramps
• If you have any of these symptoms, get to a cooler, air conditioned place; drink water if fully conscious; take a cool shower or use cold compresses.

Heat stroke:
• Throbbing headache
• No sweating
• Body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit
• Red, hot, dry skin
• Nausea or vomiting
• Rapid, strong pulse
• May lose consciousness
• If you or anyone you know has any of these symptoms, call 911 and take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives.

For more heat safety information, go to the National Weather Service website. Also, keep informed of the current weather conditions.

 



 

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