Protecting yourself from outdoor heat

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 3:50pm

The heat in the Ark-La-Tex has been rising and officials are encouraging some basic safety tips before heading outdoors.

The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross says that practicing some simple rules can prevent injury or even death. Many Americans die each year from heat related problems.

Below is a safety list to help prepare for a high temperatures outdoors.

• Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.

• Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15° F.

• Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for the possibility of power outages.

• Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.

• 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.

• If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

• Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.

• Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

• Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.


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