10 Easy Tips to Protect Yourself and Others from Extreme Heat

by | Jul 21, 2023 | Client Focus, Health, Heat Stroke, Helpful Tips, Safety, Safety Tips, Seasonal Preparedness, Summer Safety, Uncategorized

New Englanders have been experiencing high heat this summer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. These temperatures present danger for many if they are not cautious. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness and death.

What Are Heat Warnings and Advisories?

A heat warning typically indicates conditions that pose a threat to life or property. These warnings also include conditions that make travel difficult. A heat advisory indicates that the expected weather conditions pose a significant inconvenience and could potentially threaten life and property if caution is not taken. The exact level of heat and humidity at which heat warnings and advisories are issued varies based on location. Regardless, the temperatures associated with heat warnings and advisories can trigger potential health issues like heat stroke, which can be fatal. Since New England temperatures aren’t expected to cool down in the near future, below are tips to stay safe.

Stay Safe in the Heat

During hot weather, stay safe by taking these necessary precautions:
  1. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  2. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and brightly colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors, as they absorb the sun’s rays.
  3. Protect your face and head from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  4. Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  5. Use the buddy system to take frequent, rotating breaks and rehydrating when working in extreme heat.
  6. Take cool showers or baths to help lower your body temperature and cool you down.
  7. Identify places in your community where you can go to get cool such as libraries and shopping malls or contact your local health department to find a cooling center in your area.
  8. Go to a designated public shelter or an air-conditioned place in your community if your home loses power in the heat wave.
  9. Learn about the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one is experiencing the signs or symptoms of heat-related illness.
  10. Be sure to always talk to your doctor for personalized heat safety tips and health recommendations.

If you are able, check on elderly relatives or neighbors who may be more susceptible to heat and share these tips with them. By following these tips, you can help yourself and others stay safe during the summer months.


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