Heat Safety Awareness: Do’s and Don’s to Staying Safe this Summer

BPHC, Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23rd is Heat Safety Awareness Day. As we prepare for a summer that scientists are predicting to be warmer than ever, it is important to know the how to stay safe and healthy through the hot weather. Staying hydrated and in shaded or air conditioned areas whenever possible are vital to staying safe in Boston’s summer months. 

Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol. 

Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously, particularly for elderly and younger populations. During a heat wave, family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather. 

When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas. Additional measures to beat the heat include avoiding cooking, taking cool showers or baths, and staying in air conditioned areas whenever possible.

Click here to read some of the simple Do’s and Dont’s from Boston EMS to staying safe and healthy this summer.

Courtesy of: BPHC Blog

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