Severe Weather Awareness Week: Extreme Heat
Although it may not seem like it right now, extreme heat is on its way. It happens every summer in Minnesota, and the humidity only makes conditions worse.
From 2000 to 2010, more than 30 deaths were attributed to extreme heat in Minnesota. This summer, follow the extreme heat safety tips below provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Every year, humans and animals left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia occurs when the body takes on more heat than it can handle. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults.
Heat disorders occur when the body loses its ability to shed heat through circulation and sweating. Heat-loss efficiency may diminish with age, but sunburn is a factor at any age because it significantly reduces skin’s ability to shed heat. Use the tips below to help prevent heat related illness.
- Drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these cause you to lose more body fluid.
- Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
For more information, visit the MNDPS website.