We all know that staying safely in the AC will keep us safe from heat related illness and injury; but we can’t always do that!
Here are some safety tips on how to spot and treat heat related illness and injury:
- We all have heard this all our lives, but drink water! Lots of water, especially if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time. Staying hydrated is the number one thing we can do to stay safe in the dangerously high temperatures.
- Stay away from dark colored clothing. Lighter colors are less likely to attract the sun. Clothing that is black or dark shades of other colors attract the sun and that goes straight into the core of your body. Wearing light colors can offset the sun ray’s direction to you.
- Wear hats – with caution. Hats can help keep the sun from beating directly onto your head; however, be cautious because heat can also get trapped in a hat. Back to the dark colors, a black hat will attract the sun and trap the heat right on top of your head. While hats can help keep the sun from directly hitting your head, be aware. If you take your hat off and suddenly feel a huge relief from heat, it might be time to take a break.
- Be aware of signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While heat exhaustion can make you feel like you are dying, a heat stroke is actually life threatening. The symptoms feel the same at first; however, a heat stroke will take you to a whole new level.
- Heat exhaustion can be recognized by muscle cramps, paleness, excessive sweating, nausea and vomiting.
- Heat stroke symptoms include confusion, vomiting, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, a body temperature of 104 to 106 degrees and convulsions.
If you experience signs of heat exhaustion, pour room temperature water over your head, drink plenty of fluids and get out of the sun immediately.
If you experience signs of heats stroke, follow instructions for heat exhaustion and call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room. Heat stroke symptoms to include convulsions are extremely dangerous and are life threatening. Don’t mess around with this!
If you can stay indoors, enjoy your properly running AC and be safe!