Well it’s that time of years again, and boy does it seem to be getting hotter and hotter every year. It’s important to remember how to stay safe in this hot weather. Those of us that work outdoors or like to maintain their workouts outside we must be aware of the dangers that the heat carries and adhere to health safety. According to Accu Weather the CDC reported 7,233 heat-related deaths in the U.S. between the years of 1999-2000. And in that time, an average of 6,858 people died of heat-related causes each year. When the body experiences a heat stroke, the core temperature rises to 105 degrees. Along with signs of:
- Loss of consciousness
- Heat cramps
- Lack of sweating
- Rapid heart rate
Between the years 1998 and 2011 according to Wikipedia at least 500 children in the U.S. died from being inside Hot cars at least 75% were under the age of two years old. The temperature from outside could read 70 degrees Fahrenheit but inside the car could register 120 degrees Fahrenheit in direct sunlight even if the windows are slightly opened. Heat stroke in children and the elderly can occur within minutes. Also, your pets are even more susceptible than humans to heat stroke in cars as dogs and cats cannot produce whole-body sweat to cool themselves.
If you witness someone having heat stroke related symptoms, or happen to be experiencing them yourself, please seek medical attention and call 911 immediately. If you have access to ice packs or water, use these methods to cool them down, applying them to the neck, groin, armpits and back. If you are one that has no choice but to work in the extreme outdoor heat remember to stay hydrated along with wearing loose fitting light-colored clothing and protect the skin with sunblock. Athletes have a higher risk of health problems if they’re exposed to high temperatures if precautions are not taken. Also try doing your workout in the early morning when it’s not too hot or at the end of the day when sun is just about set. Always try to have a bottle of water on hand wear hats to protect your head wear glasses to protect your eyes and don’t forget the sun block. Have a fun a safe summer and remember to watch you children around water.