By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)- – With the arrival of summer this week it is time to focus on the best ways to stay cool during the long hot days ahead.
Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 8,015 deaths in the United States from 1979 to 2003.
Heat is something we deal with in the High Desert everyday during the summer, so we may think we know exactly what to do to stay cool and avoid heat related illness. Can you recognize symptoms in yourself or in someone else if a problem develops?
Here are some facts about which people are at greatest risk for heat-related illness and what protective actions to take to prevent illness or death from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- People who are at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases
- But even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
- Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.
You can take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:
- Stay cool indoors.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Replace salt and minerals.
- Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
- Pace yourself.
- Use a buddy system.
- Monitor people at high risk.
- Adjust to the environment.
- Do not leave children in cars.
- Use common sense.
For more information visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/