Friday, July 19, 2013

Extreme Heat - Looking Out

By Lisa VanWilliams

Take the warnings seriously. We all are at risk but are but some need more attention during these times.
Who is at higher risk? The CDC shows the following:

People age 65 and older
Infants and Children
People with chronic medical problems
Low income
Outdoor workers

The San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences shows that 32 children were killed in 2012 due to heatstroke. The CDC reports that from 1999-2010 7,415 deaths occurred in the U.S. due to exposure and excessive natural heat. Every year thousands of dogs suffer and Veterinarians are inundated with heatstroke and burned pads during heatwaves.

Keep body temps cool to avoid heat related problems, drink more water, stayed informed and be aware. If you notice anyone struggling offer help them, if you see a dog locked in a car - call the police. If you can not walk on the cement because it's to hot, you should not let your children or dog walk on it.  Look for shady spots. It is times like this we hear more frequently that common sense is not that common - all the issues associated with heat stroke and dehydration are PREVENTABLE.

For more tips on staying cool, check out the CDC website for details.

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