Now don’t quote me on this, actually yes, quote me here. Even as I state the obvious….it is beyond hot.
Back a life time ago when I worked in a manufacturing plant there were incidents when the air wash system that cooled the plant would go down. While it was never cold on the manufacturing floor, it was fairly comfortable, well at least to me. The difference was obvious though when one of the systems, no matter the area of the plant, would fail. The machinery running would heat up the area quickly, leaving the operators suffering.
The fact that the majority of the windows had been bricked over didn’t help. Any doors to the outside though helped minimally. The company did provide all the cooled Gatorade that could be consumed to keep employees hydrated. Still, to walk out soaked to the skin from sweat was a miserable experience. Arriving home to literally peel clothing from your body just as miserable. But, fluids were provided. Instructions and reminders were given over the dangers of over heating. Managers of all levels were instructed to keep an eye on each other and the machine operators. If extra breaks were needed, they were given.
Currently, our area is in the midst of a heat wave. The actual temperatures in the mid to upper nineties Fahrenheit with the feels like being in the one hundreds. I won’t even go into the humidity levels. Yes, I do know that other areas have had hotter days. I don’t deny that and I won’t dare mumble anything about dry heat because y’all.. hot is hot.
With all of that said. Here are a few of my heat related reminders, and you can quote me here.
As temperatures rise, it is important to be aware of the dangers that come with the increased heat. The CDC page has a wonderful graphic showing these dangers: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html
Briefly though there is heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Both are dangerous.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Don’t be afraid to carry extra water. You never know when you many come across a situation where someone else is showing signs of or at risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can sneak up on you.
For example, I went to an outdoor event where there were thousands of people. I passed a station were bottled water was provided but I wanted a decent spot to stand. I lived to regret that. I wasn’t there long when I began to feel the effects of lack of fluids. Even though the temperature that day was not extreme. By the time I managed to make extricate myself from the crowd and start toward the water station, I was walking as if I were intoxicated. I was weak, I was dizzy, I was wondering if I was going to make it. I managed to get there, guzzled one bottle and walked away with a second that I sipped more slowly. So yes, it can happen quickly. Fluids are important.
Here is another page with a variety of links offering information on heat related issues; https://www.weather.gov/ffc/heat2
It is important that we- yes, we- look out not only for ourselves but for those around us.
The very young and the elderly. Here is a wonderful article from Australia: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/hot-weather-risks-and-staying-cool
Those who must work outside.
Those who do not have ways to cool their homes.
Those with health issues.
There are more I know, these are a few to give you an idea.
It is important that we get those fluids. That we protect ourselves from too much sunlight. Find moments in the shade, wear a hat. Use sunscreen. Find ways to cool down. Look out for others who are at risk or may be showing signs of over heating. Know the symptoms. They are all on the CDC site. Understand that whether it is a ‘dry’ heat or one with high humidity, hot is hot and dangerous.
My main reason for writing this, something I have meant to write since early summer, is to remind us all, that heat is dangerous. Some information has stated that more deaths are attributed to heat than extreme cold. I think that may be because we tend to get busy and forget the dangers. This is simply a friendly reminder, and yes, you can quote me on that.