Weekly Column for Aug. 14, 2019
With the recent heat wave, Mother Nature is making sure we know summer is not over. It’s important to always be aware of these dangerous temperatures and continue to check on older adults, children and those with serious medical conditions.
For those headed outside to enjoy these final days of summer, below are 10 heat safety tips from the American Red Cross to ensure everyone stays safe while enjoying the outdoors:
- Hot cars can be deadly, never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of your car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing and avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities. For coaches and parents, the American Red Cross has a First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches online course designed to provide an overview of first aid and “best practices” for many first aid situations encountered by coaches and parents on the ball field.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat, take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat, always make sure they have plenty of cool water.
It is also important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. A list of these symptoms can be found by visiting the American Red Cross’ website. By following the guidelines listed above, each of us can ensure we safely enjoy the remaining weeks of summertime.
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