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Heat Advisory safety precautions and tips

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Posted at 9:33 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 10:34:40-04

Summer is here and heat advisories are being issued.

So, what does that mean for you and your family?

A heat advisory means that people can be affected by the heat if they don't take precautions, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

NWS says advisories are issued to bring awareness to the public to let them know precautions should be taken.

Heat Advisory Safety Precautions:

  • Slow Down - certain activities should be reduced or rescheduled for the cooler times of day.
  • Dress for the Heat - light-colored and lightweight clothing will reflect the sunlight and heat.
  • Drink Plenty of Water - the body needs water to stay cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if your not thirsty.
  • Stay away from alcoholic drinks
  • Try to stay away from getting too much sun - sunburns make it difficult to control body heat
  • Spend more time in air-conditioning

Certain temperatures can cause different affects on people with excessive exposure or physical activity, says NWS.

  • 80-90 degree heat indexes can cause fatigue possible.
  • 90-105 degree heat indexes can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion and sunstroke possible.
  • 105-130 degree heat indexes can cause sunstroke, heat cramps/heat exhaustion likely and heat stroke possible.
  • 130 or higher degree heat indexes heatstroke, sunstroke highly likely.

READ MORE: Red Cross on How to Treat Heat-Related Illnesses

As temperatures increase, AAA is encouraging the community to help prevent deaths to children and older adults left in hot cars.

A total of 59 children died last year due to being in hot cars, AAA says this is the highest on recored. In the past decade, a total of 23 children died in hot cars.

AAA offered several tips of preventing heatstroke in hot cars:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car
  • Keep all car doors and trunks locked with key fobs out of reach, so children cannot climb into a car on their own.
  • Create reminders by placing your phone, purse or briefcase in the back seat by a child.
  • If you see a child alone in a car, Take Action and call 911.

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