10 Hot Weather Safety Tips

It is summertime in West Alabama, and it has been getting very hot.  As we all deal with the summer season temperatures, here is a collection of some of the best advice that has been passed down to me.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, they believe that “heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable.   Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.” It only took me one time to suffer heat exhaustion to understand the importance of hot weather safety tips.  How hot will it get this summer?  According to the Weather Channel, “Most of the lower 48 can expect a warmer-than-average trend this summer, particularly by August.”  So, with that being said, let’s prepare for a hot summer with these hot weather safety tips.  I believe that these tips are essential for us all, like (1) Understanding the difference between a heat outlook, heat watches, and heat warnings.(2) Understanding heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash.  Be sure to know the signs.  (3) Staying hydrated (4) Avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated drinks.  (5) Stay in cool areas, like air-conditioning places.(6) Wear protective clothing that is lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting.  (7) Avoid sunburns.  Be sure to wear sunscreen.  (8) Please don’t overdo it in hot temperatures (9) Be sure to take breaks if you must work outside, and (10) Limit Outdoor Activities.

(Source) For more from the CDC, click here.  For the full story from the Weather Channel, click here.