Jump into June by Handling the Heat

As we jump into June, North Metro Fire Rescue reminds us that this summer season will provide many hot days ahead. As a result, it is important to realize that summer heat can lead to serious injuries if daily precautions are not considered.

Soaring temperatures and the blazing sun can be tell-tale signs that potential heat threats are lurking about. Sometimes heat-related injuries can even creep up on us in warm temperatures, especially when people are active outdoors. Studies show that preventing heat-related injuries is increasingly important as the rate of these types of injuries is on the rise. During a 10-year study, the number of heat-related injuries increased 133 percent according to ScienceDaily.com.

Heat-related injuries can come in many forms such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. These can be a result of many outdoor activities like gardening, exercising, or even just by sitting outside in the hot sun. Warning signs to watch out for include dizziness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, nausea, headaches and a rapid heartbeat.

Prepare for heat-related dangers this season by following these simple suggestions for a happy and healthy summer.

  • Remember to take frequent breaks when outdoors by finding a cool place.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily. If you are going to be exercising, apply protection that is water and sweat resistant.
  • Wear light colored, loose fitted clothing that is light weight and dries quickly.
  • Consider using hats and sunglasses, which are important accessories that can protect your eyes and skin from dangerous UV rays.
  • Continually drink water throughout the day. It is advised to consume at least eight glasses of water per day and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
  • Check your local weather regularly so that you can plan ahead.
  • Keep the elderly and children in mind on hot days by checking them for signs of heat-related injuries. They are the ones most affected by the heat and many times donÕt realize when they are at risk.

By taking proper safety precautions, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. If you or someone around you experiences warning signs pointing to a heat-related injury, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stacey Mulligan is the Public Information Officer of North Metro Fire Rescue District. North Metro Fire Rescue provides fire protection, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response and rescue services to the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Northglenn and unincorporated areas of Boulder, Adams and Jefferson Counties. For more information or to contact Stacey, please call (303) 452-9910 or visit the North Metro Fire Rescue web site at www.northmetrofire.org.

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