Excessive Heat Precautions
Everybody is already aware of how hot it is outside, but are you taking adequate precautions to safeguard yourself? Remember that the effects of hyperthermia can be cumulative. Hyperthermia occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. When the elevated body temperatures are sufficiently high, hyperthermia can result. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.
Some things to consider to prevent heat related illnesses:
- Drink small amounts of WATER frequently. It's better than soda, tea, etc. There is still debate over sport drinks.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
- Eat right for the weather. Eat smaller meals. Choose fruit instead of a cheese steak and fries.
- Pace yourself; if you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
- Find out from your health care provider if your medications and heat don’t mix.
- Remember that the elderly and children suffer the worst effects of heat. Check on your elderly neighbors and relatives every day.
- Be on alert for children or pets left alone in the car. If you find kids or pets locked in a closed car contact the police. They are in danger of hyperthermia after only a few minutes. A child’s body warms 3-5 times faster than an adult’s. http://ggweather.com/heat/fact_sheet_2006.pdf
For additional information you can go to:
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/ where you will find the following links:
Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.
Let's be careful out there!
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