National Heat Safety Awareness Day

Monday, May 19, 2008 is National Heat Safety Awareness Day.

Extreme heat is a silent killer, with many victims not aware that they are in danger until it is too late.

Here are heat safety tips from the National Weather Service:

Slow down.

Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

Dress for summer.

Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.

Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids.

Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Spend more time in air-conditioned places.

Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.

Don’t get too much sun.

Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

Learn more about the dangers of extreme heat and how to protect yourself here.
Find information on the heat index, historic heat waves, and forecasts/warnings
Download our heat safety poster here.

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