Triple digit temperatures have arrived in Central Texas. That’s why the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department wants everyone to take the steps needed to stay healthy in hot weather.
“Heat and humidity can result in dangerous conditions,” said Dr. Philip Huang, Medical Director for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services. “These conditions can cause life threatening situations if precautions are not taken, especially for the elderly, children and those who work outside.”
Follow these tips to stay safe in the summertime heat:
- Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun.
- Wear light clothing and a hat.
- Never leave a living thing, especially a child or an animal, in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Place a wet towel or bandana on the shoulders, neck or head to cool off.
- Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water to cool off throughout the day.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are lower.
- Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
- If you are aware of elderly, more vulnerable people in your neighborhood check on them to see if they need additional assistance.
- Allow your pet to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort during the heat of the day. If that’s not possible, make sure your pet always has access to shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Never leave a child or animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
- At the first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), seek a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve.
To learn more about the effects of extreme heat visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/.