Five Questions: Summer scorcher
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.