The American Red Cross has prepared a Heat Wave Safety Checklist. It includes information regarding how to prepare, what to do during the heat wave, and how to recognize and care for heat related emergencies.
According to MedlinePlus:
Heat-related illnesses include
- Heat stroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating
For many of us lucky enough to work in air-conditioned offices the heat can be uncomfortable, but there are jobs that require workers to withstand extreme temperatures. Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, and others. Workers exposed to extremely high temperatures are at risk for heat stress. For information on the types of heat stress (heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps, heat rash) and ways to prevent them visit the CDC.
Do you love your pet? Never leave your dog, cat, or any other animal friend alone in a car in hot weather! According to the ASPCA “The inside of a car can heat up very quickly—even with a window a little open—and your animal will suffer. Carry plenty of fresh, cold water.” Visit the ASPCA for more hot weather tips.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference