Texas is often known for its barbecue, one-of-a-kind culture and sweltering summers. According to the National Weather Service, on average, extreme heat is more dangerous than any other weather phenomena. With pool season right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to learn how to keep yourself cool.
Here are some steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from the heat while you have fun outside this summer.
- Stay cool. Wear lightweight clothing and, if possible, limit your exposure to direct sunlight. If you are going to be working outside for long periods of time, take breaks often and do not overexert yourself.
- Drink plenty of water. It can be easy to become dehydrated in the summer, so make sure to drink more water than usual. Keep in mind that alcohol and sugary drinks can dehydrate you further.
- Know what to do if heat illness strikes. There are many warning signs of a heat illness. Cramping, rapid pulse, hot red skin, nausea and vomiting can all be signs that someone is suffering from a heat illness. If you see someone experiencing one or more of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Check the weather before you go out. Look up weather forecasts daily. Heat illness can be more likely when the heat index is over 90 degrees.
- NEVER leave a pet, child or disabled person locked in a car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can be substantially higher than they are outside. These extreme temperatures can very quickly turn vehicles interiors deadly.
Visit the National Weather Service for more information.