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July 29, 2011

How to stay cool, safe in scorching heat

Record-setting heat can be dangerous

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July 29, 2011 8:27 p.m. BIRMINGHAM —

Use a buddy system: When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

Monitor those at high risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. These include infants and young children, people 65 and older, those who are overweight and those who are ill or taking certain types of medicine. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.

Do not leave children or pets in cars: Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat, and when the child is strapped in, move it to the front passenger seat so you do not forget the child is in the car.

Information from CDC.gov

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