Tips to stay cool, safe during hot summer months

Published 3:29 pm Monday, July 2, 2018

Local health officials are offering tips to avoid issues during the summer heat.

“As the temperatures rise, there is an increased risk for heat related health issues with humans and pets,” said David Jenkins, health and human services director. “People need to be aware of how to protect themselves, family members and pets.”

To decrease the risk of becoming ill or dying from a heat related illness, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that people:

1) stay cool;

2) hydrate; and

3) be informed.

How can people stay cool during a heat wave?

One CDC suggestion is to wear light-colored, lightweight loose fitting clothing.

Another suggestion is to stay indoors in an air-conditioned location.

It is important to wear sunscreen, too. Sunburn doesn’t allow the body to cool down effectively.

Cut down on exercise or other activities when it is hot.

People and pets need to stay in the shade or a cool location.

One area of particular importance is not to leave children of any age in the car or truck even with the window cracked open.

What can be done to remind a person that a child is riding with them?

Tips include:

• Have a stuffed animal in the child’s safety seat when not in use. Put the stuffed animal in the front seat of the vehicle when the child is traveling with you.

• Set your timer on your phone to ring.

• Send yourself a reminder email.

• Put your purse or briefcase in the back seat of the car or truck.

• Always look in the back seat of your vehicle to be sure no child is left in a locked car.

• Also, be sure to lock your vehicle when not in use, so no child enters the parked vehicle, can’t get out and is trapped inside.

Be hydrated.

People are encouraged to drink plenty of water. Sports drinks can be consumed to replace salt and minerals people lose while sweating. Alcohol and sugary drinks are not recommended.

Pets need to have fresh water provided for them every day.

Be informed.

Everyone is at risk for a heat related illness, but there are some groups of people more at risk.

Those people include infants and children, older adults — 65 years and older, people with health issues like heart disease, or who are taking certain medications.

“It would be wise to contact those at high risk for a heat-related illness throughout the day,” said Jenkins. “If you notice someone in distress, call 911.”

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