• Staying safe in the summertime heat

    By: Megan McClellan

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    Quick Facts:

    • Heat strokes cause more deaths each year than any other weather-related fatality
    • Keeping cool can help prevent heat-related illnesses
    • Emergency officials say to limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day
    • They suggest doing most activities in either the early morning or late evening
    • Staying hydrated is another way to stay safe

     

    Summertime heat. It's a thing many in Green Country are used to and that some enjoy.  Spending time outside can quickly turn dangerous though.

    When you step outside in the summer, have you ever thought it feels much hotter than the temperature reads? Well, that is the Heat Index (or Feels-Like temperatures) that you are noticing.

    The Heat Index is a way for meteorologists to combine temperatures and humidity within a number form.

    When the Heat Index rises to a certain point, different heat alerts are issued. The two main alerts are a Heat Advisory and an Excessive Heat Warning. Sometimes, a Heat Watch will be issued. A break down of each of those can be found here: Heat alerts: what you need to know

    Tips for staying healthy/safe in the heat:

    • PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness
    • Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to (and during long exposure) to the summer heat
    • No alcohol or caffeine
    • NEVER leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles
    • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing (the color does make a difference
    • Grab a wide-brimmed hat if working outdoors
    • Take plenty of breaks in the shade or inside
    • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day
    • Also, don’t limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO. They have programs that could possibly help you.
    • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

     

    Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can both occur if you are not taking care of yourself. Some of the bigger symptoms include:

    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Muscle cramps
    • Changes in skin conditions

     

    This picture really breaks down some of the different symptoms of exhaustion and stroke along with what you need to do should you (or someone around you) have these symptoms.

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