NORFOLK – With the June heat providing summer temperatures, Region 11 Emergency Management is wanting to remind everyone to stay safe and cool.
Region 11 Emergency Manager, Bobbi Risor provided some heat safety tips and reminders during the upcoming summer months.
Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily, don’t wait until you’re thirsty; avoid caffeine and alcohol which cause the loss of water more rapidly; take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors in an air conditioned space; wear loose fitting, lightly colored and lightweight clothes; check on friends and neighbors; keep your pets water bowls full and give them plenty of shade, rest and air conditioning; never leave kids or pets in a locked car for any length of time; minimize use of heat-generating appliances like stoves or ovens; if you must exercise outdoors, only exercise in the early morning hours (before 8 a.m.); take cool showers or baths to cool down and check the local news and other outlets for important safety information.
Region 11 is made up of Antelope, Madison and Pierce counties along with the City of Norfolk.
When overheating occurs, it is important to know the signs of heat illness and take action.
Signs of heat exhaustion are dizziness; fainting; headache; fatigue; nausea vomiting or diarrhea; muscle or abdominal cramps; profuse sweating and a rapid heartbeat. Drink fluids, remove clothing and cool off if this occurs.
Signs of a heat stroke are high body temperatures (great than 103 degrees); hot, red, dry skin; no sweating; rapid and strong pulse as well as confusion. Call 911 immediately if this happens to you or someone around you.
With a little planning and preparation, you’ll be able to stay safe and cool throughout the hot months.