Archive for Thursday, June 25, 2009

Five Questions: Summer scorcher

People swim at the Bonner Springs Aquatics Park to get some relief from the heat.

People swim at the Bonner Springs Aquatics Park to get some relief from the heat.

June 25, 2009

Q: What are some tips for staying safe during extreme summer heat?

A: Avoid too much sun exposure and postpone outdoor activities and games. Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as taking a cool shower immediately after coming inside on a hot day. Stay indoors as much as possible. If your home does not have AC, go to a public building every day for several hours. If you work outside, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade and drink plenty of water. Dress for the weather by wearing loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Check on neighbors, friends and relatives, especially the elderly, at least twice a day. If pets must be outside, make sure there is plenty of shade and fresh water.

Q: What do you think is the maximum amount of time someone should be outside in one day when temperatures reach the upper 90s and 100s?

A: Per Dr. McBratney, Leavenworth County Health Department medical director, there is no set answer. Much depends upon age, how well hydrated and a person’s physical condition and health.

Q: What are some signs of heat exhaustion?

A: Headache, dizziness, clammy skin, muscle fatigue, chest pain, breathing problems and nausea. Heat exhaustion usually is not life threatening, but if conditions persist, medical attention will be necessary.

Q: What should people do if they suspect they have heat exhaustion?

A: Medical attention if necessary, cool bath, cool washcloth to neck, hydrate. Stay in a cool place and continue to drink fluids.

Q: What do you think is the most important thing to remember about safety during summer weather?

A: Drink plenty of fluids, limit sun exposure, dress for the weather.

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