Across the country it is HOT! Today in New Orleans, the heat index at Audubon Park is 104 degrees and some of the hottest days of summer are yet to come. Heat related illnesses are dangerous and can have life changing consequences. In America, more people die each year from extreme heat than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. This summer monitor the temperatures in your area and follow these tips in order to stay safe during extreme heat.
- Drink plenty of fluids and replace salt and minerals in your body. For anyone with medical conditions, speak to your health care provider for fluid intake recommendations
- Schedule your outdoor activities carefully and try to plan them for the morning and evening hours
- Rest often in shady areas
- NEVER leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car even if the windows are cracked. The temperature inside of a parked car can go up 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. Excessive heat can lead to brain damage, damage to vital organs and death.
- Wear loose fitting, light colored, lightweight clothing and wide brimmed hats
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply as directed
- If you do not have an air conditioned home, head to public places such as malls, stores, or libraries during the hottest times of the day.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with the other members of your household
- Check on the elderly, the young, and the sick because they are more likely to suffer the effects of extreme heat
Be Familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat related illness by visiting the American Red Cross and download this PDF file the Heat Wave Safety Checklist.