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Keep Your Cool This Summer: Safety Tips for the Heat

Follow these suggestions to avoid getting burned this summer



    Apps to Beat the Heat

    The OSHA heat safety tool app is a must for anyone spending time outside in the heat this summer. Lynda Baquero reports.

    (Published Friday, July 7, 2017)

    With temperatures in some parts of the country soaring as high as 120 degrees this summer, combating the heat is no easy task. Last year, 94 people suffered from heat related deaths, more than double the number from 2015, according to data from the National Weather Service.

    Here are tips from the National Weather Service you can use to help keep cool and stay safe during this summer.

    Be Prepared for Dangerous Heat Be Prepared for Dangerous Heat

    With temperatures expected to reach near 100 degrees Thursday, NBC10's Matt DeLucia shares some tips for staying safe in these conditions.

    (Published Thursday, July 13, 2017)

    Track the Heat
    If you’ve been outside for long enough it can be hard to tell how hot is too hot to be outdoors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have created a mobile app that calculates the heat risk index of any given location.

    What to Know About Fans
    During times of extreme heat risk, limit the time you spend outside as much as possible. If you can’t get access to air conditioning, fans can help. But try not to point the fan directly at you because the dry air can make you become dehydrated faster, according to the National Weather Service.

    Reapply Sunscreen
    If you must go outside, stay in the shade and apply sunscreen at least every two hours. Reapply immediately after swimming. 

    Warmer Water Is Better Than Icy
    Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Excessive sweating will cause you to lose fluids at a rapid pace. Although ice water may feel refreshing, opt for room temperature fluids. When water is especially cold your body will exert more energy trying to adjust to the temperature.

    Watch Out for Seatbelts
    The inside of a car can be one of the most deadly places during a heat wave. Before you buckle up, check the metal on the seatbelt to avoid burns. Never leave a child or animal unattended in a vehicle even if you have the window rolled down. To ensure your children don’t accidentally trap themselves inside, keep the doors and trunk locked at all times.

    Know The Signs
    It can be easy to confuse heat stroke and heat exhaustion, so knowing what to look for is crucial. Heat stroke is more serious and common symptoms include a throbbing headache, no sweating, red, hot, or dry skin, nausea and vomiting. If you or someone around you exhibits any combination of these signs, call 911 immediately.

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