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Learn to safely weather the summer heat

By Tech. Sgt. Victoria Yale | 502nd Air Base Wing Safety Office | July 12, 2018


During the summer months, the days seem long and hot because the Earth’s axis actually leans towards the sun throughout the months of June, July, August and September. Many people think summer begins after Memorial Day, but this year’s summer solstice occurred at 5:07 p.m. June 21.

Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy family, friends and outdoor activities.  However, hot weather can be extremely dangerous and precautions should be taken to keep safe. 

According to the National Weather Service, 94 people died in 2016 from two types of heat-related illnesses: heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Some of the common signs and symptoms associated with heat stroke are dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, fast heartbeat, nausea, weakness and cramps. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion to be on the lookout for are red, hot and dry skin, high temperature, confusion, fainting, and convulsions. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. It is equally important to watch for these indicators of distress in those around you.

You can prevent heat illness by drinking water every 15 minutes, even if you do not feel thirsty.  Wear a hat and light-colored clothing to keep the sun off.  Periodically rest in the shade when you’re outside.  Last but not least, be aware of your surroundings. Knowing your location makes it easier to call upon first responders should a need arise.

 Follow these steps and enjoy the evaporative cooling that summer has to offer! To learn more about heat illness, visit http://www.OSHA.org.