To say, “It’s a little hot in Arizona right now,” is an understatement. It’s not just a little hot–it’s A LOT hot. It’s a feeling-the-full-force-of-the-sun kind of hot; a sweltering heat that starts early in the day and remains even after the sun has gone to bed.
With the extra hot days of Summer, it’s more important than ever to take the necessary steps to avoid the complications that hot weather brings. Without the proper safety precautions, extreme heat can bring a whole host of problems.
To stay safe, follow these hot weather tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Even at a cool 70 degrees outside, the interior of a vehicle on a sunny day can easily reach 104 degrees. Never leave children or pets inside your vehicle.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay inside as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest part of the day. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks.
- Check in on family, friends or neighbors who live alone and who may be affected by the heat.
- Remember your pets to be sure they aren’t suffering from the effects of heat. Be sure to provide them with plenty of shade and cool water.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, choose places to go during the hottest part of the day for relief from the heat: school, theaters, malls, libraries, etc…
If, however, the body overheats, and body temperatures rises causing muscle cramps and profuse sweating, the risk for heat stroke is high. Heat stroke brings with it hallucinations, confusion, loss of consciousness, and eventually organ damage, coma and death if not treated quickly. If you experience any signs or symptoms of heat stroke call 911 immediately.
Stay cool, Arizona.