Summer is an exciting time of backyard barbeques, lazy beach days and swimming. While many of us enjoy spending time outside basking in the warm sunshine, it’s important to be aware of heat-related dangers. At Trantolo & Trantolo, safety is our number one concern all year-round. Proper preparation can help prevent heat-related injury or death.

Check Your Vehicle

kids playing in sprinklersChildren and pets should never be left unattended in a parked vehicle. When the windows are rolled up or even slightly cracked, the temperature inside the vehicle quickly exceeds the outside temperature. According to data from People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):

  • On a 78-degree day, the vehicle temperature can raise to 100 degrees
  • On a 90-degree day, the vehicle temperature can raise to 109 degrees

These extreme temperature changes can happen in a matter of minutes, so do not assume it’s safe to leave someone in a hot car for any amount of time. When the body temperature rises to 104 degrees, heat stroke symptoms can arise; 107 degrees can be fatal.

Know the Warning Signs

There are three common types of heat-related illness: Heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps.

  • Stroke: This serious medical condition occurs when the body has been exposed to the sun or high temperatures for so long, it’s unable to cool off.
  • Exhaustion: When someone works out or participates in another strenuous activity outside in the hot sun, the body can overheat.
  • Cramps: Muscles that have been fatigued by a hot environment, such as the legs and shoulders, can begin to spasm due to water and salt loss.

When you recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness, you can get someone help sooner. Keep an eye on the people around you, especially elderly and kids, for the following:

  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weakness

Additional Tips

According to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, you can avoid heat-related illness by limiting sun exposure and staying hydrated. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10am and 4pm. Also keep the following points in mind:

  • Light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat will reflect heat
  • Make sure all people and pets stay hydrated on hot days
  • Take advantage of air-conditioned public places and designated cooling centers
  • Alcoholic beverages can further dehydrate your body

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