We may be in Meteorological Autumn but the heat is still cranking. As temperatures soar to near record levels, it's time to refresh your toolbox for heat safety.
According to a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 735 people die each year due to heat-related illness, making it the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Heat-related deaths were reported most frequently among males and among adults aged 65 years or more. Whether you're in a commonly hot place like the South, or expecting a heat wave in your area, here are 9 useful tips on how to take care of yourself and your loved ones from extreme temperatures.
9 Tips to stay safe from the heat:
Stay properly hydrated
Rest and cool down in the shade during breaks
Avoid working outside during the hottest part of the day
Know symptoms, prevention, and emergency response to prevent heat-related illness and death.
Check the weather forecast ahead of time to be better prepared
Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down and even for just a minute.
Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars. They could accidentally trap themselves in a hot vehicle.
Always lock car doors and trunks -- even at home -- and keep keys out of children's reach.
Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car, ever.
Protecting loved ones
Texas, Florida, and California report the most child deaths due to being left inside hot cars. Children’s bodies warm faster than adults, making them especially vulnerable to heat exposure. Other sensitive groups include people with disabilities, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions which make them more susceptible to the heat.
Remember, you can track heatwaves right on the app using the interactive TemperatureRadar.