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Find Out How We Can Beat the Heat Safely for Heat Safety Awareness Month

Find Out How We Can Beat the Heat Safely for Heat Safety Awareness Month

Let’s put safety first when it comes to summer heat as we learn about how to stay safe during Heat Safety Awareness Month.

Temperatures are heating up, and it’s almost time for summer, which means more time spent outdoors. Ensure that we stay well protected from the sun with these sun safety suggestions. Join us in learning how we can stay safe in the sun for Heat Awareness Month with these tips.

Use Caution Outdoors.

When temperatures start to rise, it’s important that we’re mindful of our outdoor activities. Ensure that there’s access to plenty of shade and that we stay plenty hydrated. Additionally, we should limit our time outside between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.

Wear Sun Protection.

It’s important that we’re wary of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are great ways to help us stay protected in the sun this season.  Long ago, I learned personally just how preventive SPF is and how it can turn any vacation from a potential disaster (sunburn) to a care-free time away.  These tips are helpful whether on vacation, walking our dogs, playing an outdoor sport, or even gardening or BBQing.

Most especially, when I’m on vacation, I shower first thing in the morning and before I get dressed I slather SPF 50 from ankles to wrists to face.  This may seem counter-intuitive if we’re looking for a sun tan but frankly, it keeps the burning rays away and allows for the right amount of non-damaging rays in for a lovely tan.

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.

The following advisories may be issued from the National Weather Service:

  • Excessive Heat Outlooks
  • Excessive Heat Watches
  • Excessive Heat Warning/Advisories

It is suggested that we take the following precautions when heat advisories are issued: stay hydrated (drink lots of water), avoid alcohol, caffeine drinks, and extra sugar, avoid over exertion, and find a cool place to stay indoors.

Caution – children and pets in parked cars.

No matter how short the errand may be, do not EVER leave a child or a pet in a car, whether the windows are open or not!  Don’t take it from us, here are a few quotes from experts in the field.

  • “Children have died in cars with the temperature as low as 63 degrees. Basically, the car becomes a greenhouse. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” Jan Null, adjunct professor at San Francisco State University
  • “In terms of heat-rise over time, it makes very little difference whether a car’s windows are closed or partially open. In both cases, a car’s interior temperature can rise approximately 40 degrees within one hour, even when the exterior temperature is only 72°F.” American Academy of Pediatrics study (2005)
  • “Never leave your pet in a parked car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. Not even with the windows partway down, not even in the shade, not even for a quick errand. Dogs and cats can’t sweat like humans, so they pant to lower their body temperature. If they’re inside a car, recycling very hot air, panting gives no relief, and heat stroke can happen quickly.” Michael Dix DVM, Medical Director, Best Friends Animal Society

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in learning how to stay safe outside this summer during Heat Awareness Month. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown to learn about history in the making. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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