Beat the Heat
As we experience high temperatures this summer the SVFC would like to remind you of these tips from the American Red Cross:
If you find a child or animal in a car without adequate cooling, call 9-1-1.
Signs of heat exhaustion can include muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen; cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Treat this by getting them to a cool place and make sure they're hydrated. If their condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1.
Ways you can prevent heat emergencies:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
Don't forget to check on your neighbor (and pets)!
Click here for Red Cross Heat Wave Safety info