Heat Awareness Day - Important tips to keep your family safe in the Texas heat
National Heat Awareness Day is May 24th. It may seem unnecessary to have a day set apart reminding us of what seems obvious: It’s hot.
Unfortunately, heat is one of the top causes of weather-related deaths in the US, most often amongst children and the elderly. An average of 688 people
Following basic heat safety precautions can prevent summer tragedies and keep you and your loved ones safe. Please take a brief moment to read through our heat safety tips, and ensure you and your family have a fun-filled summer of happy memories.
NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle. LOOK before you LOCK.
Around 40 children die from being left unattended in a hot car in the US annually.
According to the CDC, temperatures inside a car parked in direct sunlight can reach 130 to 172 degrees when outside temps are between 80 and 100 degrees.
Water, rest and shade are key to staying safe outdoors.
Dehydration and heat stroke are killers. If you’re planning strenuous outdoor activities, have plenty of water available. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Four cups of water every hour should keep you hydrated. Rest to allow your body to recover, and find a shaded area (or an air-conditioned room) to help your body cool down.
Check in on sick and elderly family, friends and neighbors.
As we age, our bodies aren’t as good at regulating body temperature. Check in on elderly family members during hot summer months to ensure their air conditioning is working properly, and they’re hydrated and cool.
What to Look For:
|Heat Exhaustion||Heat Stroke|
|Muscle cramping||A body temperature greater than 103°F|
|Fatigue||Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)|
|Headache||Rapid, strong pulse|
|Nausea and vomiting||Throbbing headache|
|Dizziness||Fainting or dizziness|
|In Adults||In Children|
|Extreme thirst||Dry mouth and tongue|
|Less frequent urination||No tears when crying|
|Dark-colored urine||No wet diapers for three hours|
|Fatigue||Sunken eyes, cheeks|
|Dizziness||Sunken soft spot on top of the skull|
|Confusion||Listlessness or irritability|
Entrust Energy wishes our fellow Texans a safe and wonderful summer.