Preventing Heat Stroke
As our kids start to venture out and play during summer its important to talk about being safe outside this summer and preventing heat stroke. You may not always associate western Canada and heat stroke, but its that kind of thinking that can be dangerous. Bright sunny days with high humidity pose the biggest threat to children and the elderly. There are a few very simple steps you can take to avoid heat stroke and keep everyone safe and having fun. Don Wheaton wants people to be careful this summer, on the road as well as off of it.
Just about every safety organization in the world has a list of summer tips for keeping everyone safe. And, just about everyone one of those tip remind parents not to allow children to play in and around vehicles. A vehicle’s interior can reach dangerous temperatures on days even when the sun isn’t shining directly and at temps as low as 18 degrees Celsius. Also, when you are out running errands, never leave children or pets in a car unattended with the engine off. Simply cracking a window isn’t enough to keep the interior cool.
If there is a threat of heat stroke in the area, most weather reports are pretty good about letting people know that is in the forecast. On exceptionally warm days, make sure everyone is wearing loose fitting and light-colored clothing. Also when the kids are playing outside, frequent breaks for water is very important for preventing heat stroke. Sports drinks are good too, sodas a generally inadvisable on hot days because the caffeine can speed up dehydration.
Symptoms of heat stroke include red flushed skin, rapid pulse and a lack of sweating. If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, get them out of the sun immediately and into a dark, air conditioned area. Get them cooled off by placing ice packs under their arm pits. Should symptoms persist, get them to a doctor right away.
Again, Don Wheaton wants everyone to have fun and safe summer. If you need a new car, truck or SUV to make that happen, please make an appointment with a Don Wheaton sales professional today.