Staying safe in the heat
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:00:28 GMT —
If you thought Monday was hot, get ready for the rest of the week.
The soaring temperatures means it's time to make sure you are safe in the heat.
Doctors at Upstate University Hospital gave us some tips and warning signs for heat safety:
- Stay hydrated
- If you feel yourself starting to feel confused and/or lightheaded, go inside or call for help
- If you stop sweating, that's a bad sign, and could mean your body is starting to shut down. Call for help immediately.
Click on this link for more information on how to detect and avoid heat-related illnesses.
Have you found yourself or a family member suffering from these conditions? If so, what did you do about it?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offer some tips to stay safe on a hot summer day:
- Don TMt drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. These actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, or those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Information from the CDC and University Hospital was used in this report.