Houston Fire Department stresses safety to avoid heat-related medical emergencies
Due to the high temperatures in the Houston area, the Houston Fire Department is stressing the importance of taking safety precautions to avoid heat-related emergencies.
According to the HFD, the Houston Fire Department has responded to 77 heat-related incidents between June 1 and June 25 this year, compared to 140 in 2011 and 88 in 2010.
The HPD suggests taking the following precautions to avoid emergencies.
Before conducting outdoors activities and feeling thirsty, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages. Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can result in the loss of body fluid.
Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Individuals unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot environments should gradually increase heat exposure throughout several weeks.
The HPD suggests taking frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.
A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies. A tight-fitting baseball cap is not the best choice when conducting strenuous outdoors activities. Sunscreen helps protect injury from the sun's rays and reduces the risk of sunburn. Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitted clothing and fabrics that permit the evaporation of perspiration are recommended.
Children, senior citizens and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle.
For more information, visit www.houstonfire.org.
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