Here's the weather outlook that I recieved today from the Seattle TV station I usually watch. It is unseasonably warm for us here in the Pacific Northwest, like Europe we normally have fairly mild weather in the summer. Today at work we received a list of ways to prevent heat-related illnesses during high temperatures. I thought I'd take the time to share them with all of you.
Heat stress is caused when the body is unable to cool itself by sweating; several heat illnesses such as heat stress or exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occasionally result in death.
PREVENTING HEAT-RELATED ILLINESSES
. Have an adequate supply of water and drink regularly.
. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals.
. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light colored clothing.
. Block out direct sun or other heat sources.
. Use cooling fans/air conditioning and rest regularly.
. Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses; monitor yourself and those around you.
. If anyone show symptoms, always take this very seriously; have them take a break to cool down and provide them with cooling water. If symptoms worsen within 15 minutes, call for medical help and have them transported for medical evaluation.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
. Heavy sweating
. Exhaustion, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches or fainting
. Mood changes, clumsiness, irritability or confusion
. Pale skin
. Upset stomach or vomiting
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE
. Red or flushed, dry, hot skin, sweating may or may not be present
. Confusion, losing consciousness, or bizarre behavior
. Seizures or fits
. Rapid or weak pulse
. Panting/rapid breathing
. Any symptom of heat exhaustion, but more severe
It was explained to us by the "nurse types" that work in my office that alcohol and caffeinated drinks actually cause dehydration and are the worst thing you can drink on a warm/hot day. So I guess if I'm going to have a soda, this weekend, it will be a root beer or 7-up type drink. Even iced tea, if it has caffeine is not a good choice. I know come December, when we are all complaining about freezing, we'll have forgotten all about these sweltering days of July.
I still haven't managed to get my front and back lawn mowed. If I don't get out there later this evening, it will have to be very early in the morning. But for now, I'm going to try and get the dishes washed. I have a fairly good breeze coming in my kitchen window and a little fan clipped to the sill to help that breeze along. Until later........................Linda