Let us help you beat the heat

A tad warm out there today, eh? Well listen up – we want you to have fun in the fun, but we want you healthy, too. Here are some tips to staying cool during these hot days of summer.

Know the terminology:

 Excessive Heat Watch – Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to   meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Excessive Heat Warning – Heat Index values are forecasting for at least 2 days (daytime highs above 90).

Heat Advisory – Heat Index values are forecasting for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs above 90).

What to do when it’s hot?

If you can, find a cool place – many communities have cooling centers in libraries or senior centers. But if you can, stroll through an air-conditioned mall.

And if you have to stay outside…

Slow down, try to stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities. Be aware that people in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people in rural areas.

Know the signs of heat stress:

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat. Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area.

Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers and factory workers. It also affects those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment. Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning.

Don’t forget to chug that water and check on elderly folks and kids.

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