Hot weather is part of life in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services reminds residents to stay safe during extreme heat by taking proactive measures to defend against heat-related sickness. Prolonged or intense heat stress can be fatal to anyone; however, children and people ages 60 and older are typically more at risk.
During hot weather, be mindful of the following heat safety tips:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Those without an air conditioning system should seek refuge in an air-conditioned shelter during extreme heat.
- Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
- Drink more water than usual, and do not wait for signs of thirst to drink.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Seek medical care immediately when experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness such as muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
- When planning activities, choose cooler hours to be outdoors.
- Listen to weather forecasts before prolonged times away from air conditioning, as forecasters often provide heat warnings.
Visit DSHS.Texas.gov for more information.
Don't Forget the Baby
Each year in the U.S., children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour — even when outside air temperatures are in the 70s.
Safety tips from the Irving Fire Department:
- Never leave children in a parked car, even with the windows cracked.
- Put something needed for work, such as a cellphone or employee badge, in the back seat as a reminder to check the back seat.
- When leaving, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook children who may have fallen asleep.
- Call 911 to report a child unattended in a vehicle.
For more information, call (972) 721-2514.