With summer almost here, it’s important to revisit some of the precautions that need to be taken to ensure safety when the weather warms up. Thus, the following tips from the Red Cross as contained in a new report out of Oklahoma would be worth brushing up on.
Perhaps the easiest way to avoid the threat of intense temperatures is to stay inside when the sun is at its hottest. Air conditioning obviously helps you avoid heat-related illnesses, but if such a thing is unavailable, move to the lowest floor of whatever structure you’re in and take steps to increase shade. And although you might turn on a fan, realize that it’s simply moving the air around rather than reducing the temperature.
If you exercise or otherwise have to conduct strenuous activities outdoors, do it before 7 am if possible. Should it be necessary to be outside later than that, give yourself a number of rest breaks. Wear appropriate lightweight clothing and a hat that can protect your skin. Drink plenty of water and consume light meals every once in a while so that you’re well-nourished.
Also be sure to look out for those persons who could be more susceptible to heat-based illness. If you know someone who doesn’t have air conditioning, check in on them to see how they’re doing. The same goes for persons who are elderly or ill. Even call your friends and family every once in awhile to verify their safety.