Recently I visited two summer camps talking about summer weather safety, and as is often the case severe thunderstorm and tornado safety were tops on my list of items to discuss. Today, however, I thought that I’d begin with heat safety instead. It may seem elementary but heat deaths occur every year – in most cases they can be prevented with caution and planning. Here are some things to remember when the temperature soars towards that 90 degree mark and beyond this summer:
- Try and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (noon-4pm). If you do have to be out in the heat be sure to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
- Wear loose fitting clothing and light colors
- Use sunscreen if you will be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time
- Under no circumstances leave people or pets in a car – it only takes a matter of minutes for internal temperatures to reach 120 degrees or higher.
Keep in mind that a temperature of 90 degrees is only part of the equation - the heat index is how it really feels when you factor in the temperature and dewpoint. The higher the dewpoint temperature the more uncomfortable it will feel when the heat is on. A heat index of 100 degrees or higher can be deadly and lead to such symptoms as cramping, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. If you are with someone who is experiencing fatigue or exhaustion due to the heat get them out of the sun and into an air conditioned area. Give them water and place a cool, wet cloth on their head to cool their body temperature down. Heat stroke is a serious condition and should be treated as an emergency - contact medical aid or get them to the hospital immediately.
Summer is a fun time of year with many activities to enjoy, but remember to take it easy in the heat!
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This post was written by dmichaels on June 22, 2009