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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Healthy Advice From People that Know About Heat


Healthy Advice From People that Know About Heat


The National Weather Service is forecasting high heat and humidity for Prince George’s County for the remainder of this week. Heat indexes are likely to meet or exceed 100 degrees.  It is expected that unhealthy air (Code Orange Alert) will accompany the hot forecast creating a dangerous condition for sensitive groups and everyone that is outdoors. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke could be a threat if appropriate precautions are not heeded.  Start your day by drinking water and continue to drink water for the rest of the day.  Visit one of our County Libraries, movie theaters or shopping malls if you do not have access to a cool-temperature location.

Everyone is reminded to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

With high heat and humidity upon us in Prince George’s County the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. For every illness you prevent is one less response we need to make, help your firefighters and medics by staying safe and healthy.

Temperatures in the nineties and higher, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for everyone, especially; children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions.

Your best protection is to stay in an air conditioned environment and stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water with sports drinks are your next best option. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

Stay Informed - Stay Ready - Stay Safe

At Work

• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity outdoors - increase time in an air conditioned environment
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors

• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home

• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often - drink plenty of water
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade - never leave anyone, humans and pets, in a parked vehicle, ever.

Remember to Stay Safe to ensure everyone goes home.

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