Health Department Has Hot Weather Advice
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:19
Â Â Â Â Â The summer heat is getting serious and dangerous, so itâ€™s important to be prepared for it. Heat is, on average, by far the biggest weather killer in the United States. With high temperatures forecast to reach into the 90s in the coming days, the Douglas County Health Department wants you to take some simple steps to prevent heat-related illness.
Here are some suggestions to help you avoid heat-related problems:
Remember, heat is the biggest weather killer in the United States.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty, and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours. Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.