Friday, July 15, 2016

How to Avoid the Dangers of Summer Temperatures

Before the summer ends, the Atlanta metro area will see days where the temperature will be in the 100 degree range. Extreme heat is a real threat and knowing the signs of heat-related illness and what to do can be critical for your safety. The CDC offers these three components to staying safe in hot weather:

STAY COOL - Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

- Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

- Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.
  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

Urgent Care at Peachtree's own, Dr. Clinton Carter recently appeared on Channel 46 News to explain the dangers of heat exhaustion and how to prevent it. You can watch the report HERE.