Extreme Heat Safety
We’ve had our fair share of hot and humid weather already this summer, but it’s never too late to review excessive heat safety. Heat is an underrated killer with over 100 fatalities per year on average across the nation. The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is taken into account along with the ambient air temperature. A Heat Advisory is issued when the heat index is expected to be between 100 and 104 degrees. An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when the heat index is expected to be 105 degrees or higher. With heat index values at these levels, there are several safety tips to keep in mind:
• Look before you lock! NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle. The temperature inside your car can become deadly in a matter of minutes.
• Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what to do to provide first aid (see attached graphic).
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Frequently check on the elderly, sick, and those without AC.
• Limit strenuous outdoor activity and stay hydrated.
• Drink plenty of water! Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
• Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.