Beat The Heat

Beat The Heat

June is the beginning of hurricane season and we are all aware of the importance of preparation.  June also marks the official start of summer and the arrival of 90+ degree days. The danger of heat-related illness can be as risky to individuals as hurricanes are to communities.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 700 persons die annually from heat-related illness and thousands are hospitalized. Heat-related illness can strike anyone; however, young children and adults over 65 are at greater risk.  High humidity, like ours, also increases risk.  The CDC has provided an informative chart on heat-related illnesses:

Heat Related Ilnesses

From irritating sunburns to potentially deadly heat strokes, we need to be mindful of the risks and the importance of prevention.  While we can only prepare for hurricanes, heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. We can monitor weather conditions, dress for the heat with lightweight clothing and hats, apply sunscreen, hydrate frequently, take breaks and seek shade, when possible.  When it comes to beating the heat, “an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.”

C.    Vital

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