Wednesday, July 7, 2010
People across the Kentuckiana area are feeling it. Near record-breaking temperatures are causing everyone to flock indoors. Luckily, humans don't melt in 99 degree weather, but other heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can be just as dangerous. Stay safe and cool by taking the following precautions:
• Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of fluids; avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. (Monopoly anyone?)
• Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
• Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
• NEVER leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
• Check on your animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.
• If you don’t have air conditioning, choose a place to go for relief during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, malls).
The best way to prepare for heat-related emergencies is by getting trained in first aid. Contact the Louisville Area Chapter at 589-4450 for more information on first aid courses, and visit louisville-redcross.org for more tips on heat safety.