Hot Temperature Safety Tips

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Now that the hotter temperatures are upon us, we at wanted to share some Hot Temperature Safety Tips per the following: 

Muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms:

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak, pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What You Should Do (Heat Exhaustion):

  • Move to a cooler location
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing
  • Apply cool wet cloths to as much of your body as possible:
  • Sip Water
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Heat Stroke Symptoms:

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)*
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

What You Should Do (Heat Stroke):

  • Call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do not give fluids.

Never leave children, disable adults or pets in parked vehicles regardless of the season:

Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies have not developed the ability to efficiently regulate its internal temperature.

Vehicle Heat Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers:

  • Touch a child’s safety seat and safety belt before using it to ensure it’s not too hot before securing a child
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, even for just a minute
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.
  • Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever.

You can obtain additional information by logging onto National Weather Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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