July 29 2015

Tips To Stay Safe During the Summer Heat

By: Rich Hosford

It’s hot out there. 


Burlington has seen a couple days in a row of temperatures near 90 degrees and according to the National Weather Service this level of heat is expected to continue into next week. 


After this past winter nobody wants to complain about some nice, hot days, but excessive heat can be dangerous, especially for more vulnerable people. The CDC has put out some information on what to watch out for and what to do when the days get really hot. 


First off, be aware that adults 65-years-old and older, infants, children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress, though it can affect anyone. 


The best way to stay safe in extreme heat is to stay inside air-conditioned rooms whenever possible. If you do have to go outside, avoid strenuous activity and keep to the shade as much as you can. 


If you do not have air conditioning and feel you need to cool off, most stores and restaurants are climate controlled. The Burlington Public Library and Human Services Building also have air conditioning. 


Another good way to combat heat stroke is drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic, beverages. You should also avoid hot foods and heavy meals. 


Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Never leave kids or pets in a parked car, not even for a short period of time. Make sure your pets also have plenty of water to drink. 


Finally, if you have elderly neighbors check in on them to ensure they are okay. 

 
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