Sum­mer Heat Facts And Safety

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

For many peo­ple, sum­mer­time is syn­ony­mous with trips to the beach, wa­ter sports and re­cre­ation.

Even though sum­mer warmth is a wel­come break from winter weather for many peo­ple, of­fi­cials warn that heat is one of the lead­ing causes of weather-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties, re­sult­ing in hun­dreds of deaths each year in the United States alone. En­sur­ing sum­mer re­cre­ation plans re­main en­joy­able means keep­ing an eye out for heatre­lated ill­nesses and other dan­gers.

With tem­per­a­tures in the triple dig­its com­mon for the Cen­tral Val­ley sum­mers, there are a num­ber of tips to keep in mind.

Hot cars can be traps. It is never safe to leave a pet, child, el­derly per­son, or dis­abled in­di­vid­ual locked in a car. Tem­per­a­tures can climb rapidly in­side of a sealed ve­hi­cle, even if the win­dows are cracked.

Lis­ten to or read weather fore­casts to stay abreast of po­ten­tial tem­per­a­ture changes as well as the heat in­dex. Dis­cuss safety pre­cau­tions with mem­bers of the fam­ily and make sure ev­ery­one knows what to do in an emer­gency.

Stock up on flu­ids. The Red Cross says to stay hy­drated by drink­ing plenty of flu­ids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinks with al­co­hol or caf­feine. Make sure the el­derly also get plenty of wa­ter, as they of­ten do not rec­og­nize de­hy­dra­tion as read­ily as oth­ers. Resched­ule out­door ac­tiv­i­ties if there is a heat wave, or move them to cooler times of the day. Spend the hottest por­tion of the day, usu­ally be­tween noon and 3 p.m., in the shade or in­side in the air con­di­tion­ing. Peo­ple on job sites should take more fre­quent breaks and find shade when­ever pos­si­ble dur­ing these hours.

Loose-fit­ting, light­weight, light-col­ored cloth­ing will help keep you cool. Avoid dark col­ors when spend­ing time in the sun.

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