With our first major heatwave of the summer underway, it’s a great time to go over some heat safety tips. Obviously, you don’t need someone to tell you the best idea is to avoid being outside during the peak heating hours of the day: 12-6 PM. That isn’t possible in a lot of cases so here are some things to keep in mind.
The most important thing is to stay hydrated. Lack of hydration combined with excessive exertion can quickly result in heat exhaustion or stroke. Heat is the #1 cause of weather-related death most years, only eclipsed by tornadoes, hurricanes or flooding in particularly bad years. Somewhere between 700-1300 people die every year from easily preventable heat stroke. The infographic below highlights the signs of both exhaustion and stroke.
You can avoid having to worry about this at all by following some best safety practices. Things like wearing loose-fitting and light clothing, wearing hats to cover your face, and avoiding high-energy tasks during the hottest hours can all help you stay safe.
Another incredibly important thing to remember is to NEVER, EVER leave children or pets in a closed car. The glass traps heat and death can occur quickly in these situations leaving you with a dead child or pet and even legal charges and jail time.
And don’t forget about your pets outside as well. Be sure to provide them plenty of shade and water. Also don’t try to walk them during the hot parts of the day as the concrete and asphalt get very hot very quickly.
The heat will be worst this Monday through Wednesday so be sure to keep safe!