Heat Wave: Be Smart, Be Safe

| Posted On Jul 20, 2011 | By:

The brutal heat wave that has been suffocating the Midwest, Great Plains, and parts of the South in triple-digit heat and oppressive humidity is coming our way.  The forecast for tomorrow and Friday is for temperatures to reach almost – if not above – 100°F, and the heat index, or how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature, will be far above that.

The greatest at-risk groups are the very young (children under 4 years of age), the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions.  But we must all be vigilant: heat also threatens healthy young people, usually because they do not recognize the dangers of exercising and being active in hot, humid weather.

When heat and humidity combine, they slow evaporation of sweat from the body, which is the mechanism by which our bodies cool down.  Therefore, outdoor exercise becomes dangerous even for those in good shape.

The CDC has provided a very comprehensive list of things you should do to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors from heat-related illness:

Stay Cool

Stay Hydrated

Stay Informed

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