Staying safe in the summer heat
In the Green Bay area, we are certainly feeling the heat as we get into the dog days of summer.
With the one-two punch of high temperatures and humidity, the weather can feel downright miserable. But, besides just being uncomfortable, the heat can present a lot of dangers as well.
According to the CDC, prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke, a potentially life-threatening condition. The signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. The CDC says the signs of heat stroke are a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness.
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke or exhaustion, you must call 911 immediately and move that person to a cool location.
You can take several steps to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion. The first is to stay inside a cool location, if possible.
If you absolutely must be outside in the heat, experts advise wearing loose and light-color clothes, staying hydrated, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and applying sunscreen often.
Ready.gov also advises you follows these tips to prepare your home for extreme heat conditions:
- Install window air conditioners snugly.
- Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
- Install temporary window reflectors to reflect heat back outside.
- Weather-strip doors and windows to keep cool air in and hot air out.
- Cover windows with drapes, shades or awnings.
- Keep storm windows up year ‘round.
Summer is a fun time of year, so enjoy it, but keep yourself and your loved ones safe!