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Heat Awareness Safety Day

Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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 To help keep cool this summer, here are some tips to keep safe in hot weather:
1. Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car – even briefly.
Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree
day with sunshine, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked
slightly can rise 20 to 30 degrees above the outside temperature in 10 to 20 minutes.
There have been cases where the inside temperature rose 40 degrees! Additional
information at:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
2. Keep your living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If
you don’t have an air conditioner, open windows to let air circulate. When it’s hotter
than 95 degrees use fans to blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air
on your body. Basements or ground floors are often cooler than upper floors.
3. Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early
morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.
4. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty
of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot,
heavy meals.
5. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to
keep your head cool…and don’t forget sunscreen!
6. Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Take extra care
to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice.
7. Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down. A shower or bath will actually
work faster than an air conditioner. Applying cold wet rags to the neck, head and
limbs also cools down the body quickly.
People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:
 Older adults
 Infants and young children
 People with chronic heart or lung problems
 People with disabilities
 Overweight persons
 Those who work outdoors or in hot settings
 Users of some medications, especially those taken for mental disorders, movement
disorder, allergies, depression, and heart or circulatory problems
 People who are isolated that don’t know when or how to cool off – or when to call for
help

by on May. 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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nngmommy83
by on May. 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM

good info to know!

nngmommy83
by on May. 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

stay cool everyone!

momkaribg
by on May. 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Great info.
MamaMandee
by on May. 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Good post & info, thanks!
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childofgod04
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Great info! It gets REALLY hot here in Texas and it's our first summer here. We haven't even really went outside to play in a couple months because of the heat. 

flowerfunleah
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Great tips!

Tigress22304
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

tfs

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