It’s mid-June and we are already in those sweltering 90 degree days here in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you can’t beat the heat by laying under an air conditioner, then follow these great tips from the Red Cross on how to stay safe while outdoors:
- Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not feeling thirsty. Do not drink caffeine or alcohol.
- Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.
- Wear a sunscreen with a high SPF factor and it wouldn’t hurt to put on a hat as well.
- Avoid strenuous activity while in the heat. Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
- Watch your pets. They get hot and dehydrated too. Make sure they have shade and plenty of water to drink.
- Never, ever, ever leave children or pets inside of a vehicle. Children can die inside of a closed vehicle when the temperatures are only in the 60’s. Here is some great safety information from KidsAndCars.Org about this safety issue.
You should learn to recognize signs of someone suffering from a heat related illness. Heat cramps are muscular spasms in the legs or abdomen that are caused by high heat/humidity and loss of fluids. Heat exhaustion occurs when you lose fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous activity in the heat. In addition to sweating, look for headache, dizziness, nausea and weakness. If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, get them immediately to a cooler place and apply cool wet clothes to the skin. Have them drink fluids slowly. Heat stroke is very serious and can be life threatening. This occurs when a person’s body temperature control system stops working and the body becomes unable to cool itself down. Symptoms manifest by hot, red skin, changes in consciousness and vomiting. This is very serious and you should call 911 immediately. Give immediate care by moving the person to a cooler area and apply ice wrapped in cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits while you wait for emergency help.
As always, stay safe and have a glorious summer!!!! Leone Noble & Seate is a personal injury law firm dedicated to defending peoples’ rights and keeping them safe!