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When it’s hot as heck, do this check
(Tarrant County, Texas) … When consecutive temperatures of 90 degrees or more are in the forecast, Tarrant County Public Health recommends people review their hot-weather checklist. “Anyone can be at risk of succumbing to the heat,” said Dr. Sandra Parker, Tarrant County Public Health Medical Director/Health Authority. “Heat-related injuries are preventable if we remember to use a few hot-weather basics.”
Do not leave children or animals in parked vehicles
· Children and animals left inside parked cars can be overcome by heat within minutes when outdoor temperatures are high.
· Put your purse, briefcase, wallet or another essential item behind you so you’ll notice your child is there before exiting the vehicle.
· Call 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a vehicle.
Maintain adequate ventilation / air conditioning
· Stay in cooled environments as much as possible, especially if you have a low tolerance for heat.
· Some people turn off their air conditioning, do not run it long enough, or may not have access to fans or other devices that help circulate cool air. Unless people have a high tolerance for heat, this practice puts them at risk for heat-related injury.
· Neighbors, friends and family should regularly check on the elderly when the temperatures are high for a prolonged period of time.
· Anyone outside in high temperatures for prolonged periods is at risk of heat injury, especially those involved in outdoor athletic programs at youth organizations and schools.
· Directors of outdoor programs should carefully monitor participants, ensure that they have plenty of water to drink and allow sufficient time between practice sessions and workouts to cool down.
· Sweating is the body's natural cooling mechanism, and too much sweating without enough fluid intake results in dehydration.
· Water is the single most important beverage a person can drink to prevent heat-related injuries. Develop the habit of drinking water every hour when it’s hot outside—even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks when temperatures are very high.
Watch for signs of heat injury
· Symptoms include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches.
· People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation; if symptoms don’t improve, seek medical attention.
Additional hot-weather tips:
· Plan strenuous activities for cooler times of the day.
· Take frequent breaks to cool down if you have to work outside.
· Eat lighter, balanced meals more often.
· Wear plenty of sun block if you are out in the sun, and protect your eyes.
· Do not overdress babies or bundle them in a blanket.
· Consult your doctor if you are taking certain prescription medicines to determine how the sun and heat may affect you.
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