It's Not the Humidity, It's the Heat!


Were you aware that the annual Heat Awareness Day is always the fourth Friday in May?

It's hard to believe we made it through this past winter and now it's time to think about summer and hot weather safety. During extremely hot and humid days the bodyís ability to cool itself is affected. Heat related illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Factors that can contribute to make some people more susceptible to heat related illnesses are:
  • Age (Older adults and younger children)
  • Obesity
  • Fever
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Illness
  • Poor Circulation
  • Prescription Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Sunburn (Sunburned skin can affect the skin's ability to shed excess heat)
Please practice the following hot weather safety measures:
  • NEVER leave children, disabled adults or pets in a parked vehicle.
  • Slow Down.
  • Reduce, eliminate or restrict activities until the coolest time of the day.
  • Children, seniors and those with health problems should stay in the coolest possible place.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places.
  • Donít get too much sun.
  • Wear sunscreen and remember to reapply.
  • Donít take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

Go out and enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, but do it safely.

Further warm weather safety information can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml.