July Thirtieth: The Dangers You Can Quote Me On

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.

Dehydration; https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dehydration-adults

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.

The homeless.

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.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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13 Responses to July Thirtieth: The Dangers You Can Quote Me On

  1. John says:

    And great reminders they are, thank you. You are totally correct, whether dry or humid heat, heat will kill you if precautions are not taken.

    • I once…and only once, made the mistake of jokingly commenting on a truck driver friend being out in the high temperatures and their dealing with a ‘dry” heat while out your way. Yeah, I got schooled big time so I remember quickly that hot is hot.

      • John says:

        We had that three-day stretch of 115 degrees a while back, that’s very dangerous heat! The wind actually stings my skin…

      • Does the wind carry any of the sand from the desert? Even if it doesn’t, I would imagine that it would be so hot to actually hurt.

      • John says:

        The house is dusty in spite of freahh air folters. The truck gets a light dusting even in the garage. It’s dusty. Once in a long while we’ll have a major wind event that brings the visibility down to near nothing when driving. Bad! Stay indoors. Desert life!

      • Well, I live on a dirt road, I know about dust. I saw they had a bad dust storm in Utah recently that caused a bad wreck and fatalities.

  2. leendadll says:

    I’m impressed people kept working in those conditions. I would have refused, citing laws that require suitable working conditions. The only time that’s happened on one of my jobs, they closed till repairs were made.

    The heat still hasn’t hit at my house (we’ll get it on Sept-Oct) but Wed morn was 72F with 72% humidity. I know others have it FAR worse but it’s uncommon here and suuucked.

    Does your area offer cooling centers? We get those during extraordinarily bad conditions(100+).. but they don’t allow pets and I’m sure they aren’t great about accommodating the homeless, who are lucky to be able get to them in the first place.

  3. I know that Charlotte has them as I heard the newscaster saying they would be open. I have no idea about the town closest to me but I do know that every splash pad for the kids in the area were in full use.

  4. Gary Fultz says:

    I have always wanted the cold over the heat. One can always put on more clothes for the cold. For heat you can only take so much off. A good reminder on keeping hydrated.

    • You’re correct in that one can put on more clothing and yes, that does help, but once I personally get cold, it takes me a long time to warm up. The bad thing, is where I live, most people would not consider cold and I admit they are correct. But its cold to me.

  5. Dia Jae says:

    Yes. Definitely! You’re a better person than I am. I always forget to have extra things like water and such. I don’t even think to offer anyone anything.

  6. pkadams says:

    It’s been super hot here, too. Great advice !

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