Wow – it’s hot outside and the weather man says the mercury is on a marathon sprint to the top of the thermometer. That coupled with the humidity that plagues the Northern Virginia area and you’re looking at a real scorcher through the weekend. What are the top 5 safety tips to stay safe in a heat wave that you’ll want to look out for? With the risk of dehydration, sun burns, fainting, and more – there’s definitely some top priority recommendations for heat safety this summer. According to the National Weather Service, “heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.”
There are two main types of heat related illnesses and depending on which one, your course of action could prevent a bad day or save a life. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost while sweating, the body’d temperature rises and you can begin to experience a heat-related illness. Check out the chart on heat exhaustion versus heat stroke.
Now that we know the illnesses resulting in lack of heat safety, let’s talk about preventing them altogether.
Surviving heat waves is all about playing it smart. Check on others, be conscious of your pets and their needs, and stay hydrated!