FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: HEAT SAFETY

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

June 4, 2018 (San Diego) - Summer is here and so is the heat!  No matter where you live or what you do, we’re all encountering Mother Nature’s wrath of the heat. You can get cool and beat the heat by practicing a few Summer Safety Tips.

Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.

During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.

Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

Never leave infants, children or pets in cars!

Plan for power outages either natural or man-made.

When sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.

Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.

Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum.

Verify that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling yourself or anyone else into a car.

Be vigilant about water safety if headed to a pool or beach. Never leave a child unattended near water and keep lifesaving gear handy.

Let’s face it, we all like to be "cool" but sometimes it’s tough... So lay low and keep cool, the summer has just begun!

For additional Heat Safety information, go to: http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Summer_Heat_Safety_Tips and available in Spanish Heat Illness Prevention Sample Program (Spanish)

*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

Comments

Desert Heat Hwy 8 (Water is not the Only Answer)

During Summer Please have one of those flat packs of water for $4.99 in your car truck or van.... If not for you but those stranded on the 8 in our area as well as others. Shade is important carry an umbrella rain or shine. Water is one thing! your body heat is another. What mite be a 20 min ride from Alpine could be like walking miles in the desert. If you see a family on the side of the road and can't help you can save a life by giving water. Be careful as well... Again a 20 min ride from El Cajon could mean death if you're not prepared in the heat.

good advice

good advice any time of year. plenty of people die in the desert during the winter also.

fuel, good tires and at least 2x the water you think you need.

This, Rogers is right

This is good advice. All of us backcountry people know or learn very quickly that these are things to keep in your vehicle all the time: water, blanket/bag/jacket, flashlight, first aid kit. And did you know a mobile phone without service can still call 911? Keep an old one in your glove box, with a charger. A road safety kit (reflectors, glow sticks, jumpers, tools, whathaveyou) is never a bad idea either! I was once stuck on a median on hwy 52 for 3 hours before I could get a tow. At least have h2o!

Good advice, and thank you.

Each year there are sad stories about people who perished because a car broke down and they didn't have water or shelter from the heat.