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Summer Heat Safety

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"Excessive heat can be fatal."

It’s important to remind people how to prepare for this onslaught of high heat. Below are some guidelines for what to do and how to care for heat related emergencies.

 “Excessive heat can be deadly; we want everyone to stay safe during hot weather and have some important reminders for them to follow, said Beth Boyd , Regional Disaster Officer Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso Region. 

Heat Exhaustion

Typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity.

Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy

sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.

Move the person to a cooler place.

Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet towels to the

skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool

water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in

condition.

If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call

9-1-1 or the local emergency number. 

Heat Stroke (also known as sunstroke)

A life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.

Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.

Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Move the person to a cooler place.

Quickly cool the person’s body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion.

If needed, continue rapid cooling by applying ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.

SUN PROTECTION

 

Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 30. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight.