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SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
Summer is here, which means lots of fun in the sun! Nevertheless, the weather can get extremely hot and quickly go from fun to dangerous. Extreme heat can be life threatening. So learn what extreme heat is and how you can protect yourself.
Before Extreme Heat
To prepare for extreme heat, you should:
• Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
• Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
• If you don’t have air-conditioning, purchase cooling items early because these products sell out quickly.
• Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
• Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
• Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
• Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
• Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
Heat-related illnesses can become serious or even deadly if unattended. Some of the risks people face from too much heat exposure and not staying cool are:
• Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Generally, loss of water and salt from heavy sweating can cause cramps.
• Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a warm, humid place, and body fluids are lost through heavy sweating.
• Heat Stroke: Also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke is life-threatening. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.
Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Be sure to check for these signs:
• Cool, moist, pale, flushed or red skin
• Increased sweating, tiredness
• Fainting, nausea or vomiting
• Fast, shallow breath, dizziness
• Muscle cramps, weakness
• A weak, rapid pulse
Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness
• Call 911
• Get the person out of the sun and into cool shaded area
• Remove any heavy clothing
• Apply water to help person cool off
• Apply ice to neck and armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface
For more emergency preparedness information, click on the links below or contact Emergency Management Coordinator Ellen Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-898-3315 ext. 4664