Prevent Summer Heat Health Hazards Prepare Now

Dated: June 30 2015

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Emergency Preparedness Tips:

The Department of Public Health wants you to stay safe during the upcoming summer heat.  

Follow these tips during extreme heat.      

Outdoors

Indoors

  • Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, early morning and late evening.  

  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.  Caffeine dehydrates our bodies.    

  • Always protect your eyes, face and skin.  Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen.  Make sure to reapply sunscreen as recommended by manufacturer.    

  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

  • Take breaks in a cool place or under some shade.  

  • NEVER leave kids or pets unattended in cars.  

  • Build an emergency kit and prepare a family communications plan.  Below is a checklist for your kit:

□ Three day supply of water for every person and pet in your household

□  Three day supply of non-perishable foods and a can opener

□  Battery powered radio to listen to weather forecasts

□  Flashlight and extra batteries 

□  Extra supply of medications

□  Personal sanitation items (moist towelettes, plastics bags, etc.) 

  • Check windows, doors, and air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.  Applying weather stripping to any gaps will keep cool air inside.    

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. Did you know that outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%?  

  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

  • Be a buddy!  Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.

  • Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

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Ana Maria Navarro

I was born in Cd. Guerrero, Chih. Mexico. Where I finished my elementary studies then I went to Chihuahua, Mexico to study High School, then I obtained my bachelor degree in Psychology. I worked in C....

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