Thursday, July 21, 2011
HOT WEATHER TIPS
Gardener Neal Fischer takes a water break while trimming hedges in front of Hunt Library.
This summer has felt unusually hot and humid, and right now we are in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. When temperatures and humidity reach this level, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stress, along with ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets.
Some basic steps you can take are:
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing.
- Check on the elderly to make sure they are safe. People over the age of 65 represent 40% of the heat-related deaths each year in this country.
- Stay hydrated, drinking only non-alcoholic beverages.
- Postpone outdoor chores and exercise until it is cooler.
- Do not leave your children or pets in parked cars. Also, minimize their outdoor activities.
- Check with your physician if you are taking prescription medicines. Some drugs can exaggerate the effects of heat, or the weather may affect how or where you store your medicines.
- If you must work outside, take regular breaks in a cool area, and work with someone else so you can monitor each other.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, and know what to do if it occurs.
For more information on heat stress and its prevention, go to http://www.cmu.edu/ehs/occupational-office/alerts/heat-stress.html
By: James Gindlesperger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-268-3760