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 die from heat related causes each year. Thankfully, these deaths are preventable.

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.

  

Vehicle Safety

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.

 

Outdoor Safety

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.

 

Indoor Safety

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
Confusion
Unconsciousness

Dehydration Dehydration
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.


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