Keeping Up With The Heat

Sun exposure is vital for our health, but overexposure can be harmful in many ways.  Whether your summer itinerary involves staying indoors at all costs or jogging mid-afternoon in extreme hot weather (not recommended!), learning about  heat safety can be beneficial for everyone.

Often times, people don’t see heat as a major threat, but a study conducted by the National Weather Service concludes that,  heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the United States. YIKES!

According to the National Weather Service data, heat caused more fatalities per year than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined. Based on the 10-year average from 2000-2009, excessive heat claims an average of 162 lives a year. By contrast, hurricanes killed 117; floods 65; tornadoes, 62; and lightning, 48. *results shown on a scale of 50

Heat-related illnesses occur when your body temperature rises and your body cannot appropriately cool itself down .  Children, the elderly and people who have mental and chronic illnesses require special attention, because they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

The Red Cross recommends that everyone take certain safety precautions to stay cool and safe during these hot summer days.

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, but avoid beverages that have sugar, alcohol and caffeine because they will rid your body of fluids.
  • Slow down, stay in cool places and avoid aggressive exercise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the hot hours of the day.
  • Dress for summer, wear comfortable lightweight and light colored clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Take frequent breaks while working outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses, hats and sunscreen while outdoors.

Don’t ignore the heat, protect yourself and your family to enjoy a fun, healthy summer. And, if you can’t keep up with the heat take a swim and cool down!


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