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People And Heat
There are several simple solutions to dealing with the heat. If you have air conditioning, use it. If not, go somewhere that does, such as the mall or a friend’s house.
Wearing lightweight clothing and drinking enough water are two more easy things you can do. Try to drink 5 to 7 ounces every 15-20 minutes, especially if you’re working outside. Being outside also means you need to protect your skin from the sun. Everyone should remember to put on sunscreen and reapply every few hours.
Tight knit clothing and hats also help with sun protection. This is extra important for children under six months and doctors recommend using both umbrellas and sunscreen to keep them safe.
Here are some more resources to help you deal with the heat:
This page features a map of every county in the state that indicate whether heat advisories have been announced. You can click on your county, if it’s shaded with an advisory, to read more information about conditions there.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ CDC page on extreme heat comes with a guide and offers tips on how to prepare for inclement weather. Their site offers multiple language options.
This Web site includes information about heat-related medical conditions, signs of heat-related illness and the risk of heat stroke with some medications.
This article includes tips on how to avoid melanoma risk.
This Web site includes information on how to keep the elderly safe and offers warning signs, such as cramps, exhaustion and bad moods.
Pets And Heat
Pets such as dogs and cats don’t sweat like people do and have harder time when it comes to dealing with heat stresses.
First off, don’t ever leave your pet alone in the car, even if you will be gone for a moment. You could get side-tracked and forget, and even if left for just a bit longer you could be potentially endangering your pet.
Do not plan jogging or walking with your pet in the heat of the day, especially after they’ve had a meal. Make sure your pet has an immediate access to water.
Signs of heatstroke include:
• Excessive panting
• Decreased salivation
This Web site tells pet owners signs of heat stroke and offers suggestions on how to keep their pets cool.
Cars And Heat
Car safety in extreme heat is often overlooked and potentially endangering, but there are many easy solutions to keeping your car and you comfortable during the hot summer days.
First off, there are items you should and shouldn’t have in the car. Things like extra water, a steering wheel cover and an emergency kit are items you should have in the car, while dairy products, products under pressure and CDs and DVDs are items that should stay away from a hot car.
Service your vehicle regularly. Another easy thing to remember is to park your vehicle in shade.