Summer is about to reach its peak, but temperatures are still soaring. Take the time to protect yourself and your loved ones from extreme heat. Today is Heatstroke Prevention Day. Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
Follow these tips from Ready.gov for protecting yourself in extreme heat:
- Find air conditioning.
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Watch for heat illness.
- Wear light clothing.
- Check on family members and neighbors.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
- Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
Did you know that 21 young children have died in hot cars so far in 2019? A child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult body. Make sure your child is never left alone in a car. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, try to get them out of the vehicle as soon as possible. For more car safety tips for children, visit www.kidsandcars.org.
For more information about heat related illnesses, visit https://scdhec.gov/heat-related-illnesses.