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Jul 19

Heat Wave Safety

Heat Wave Safety!

Here are some links and useful information as we make our way through another heat wave.  It is also important to remember that by the time you are thirsty you are already in the process of being dehydrated.

For the WXEdge Post — Not sure I agree entirely with #5… My daughter and I have been enjoying the A/C but since I suppose we do need to escape to the outdoors every so often try to keep it to early morning or starting early evening when the sun starts to set.  And find some shade too!  Also, for item #2, keep in mind this includes pets.  If you need a reminder of why, here is a sobering story of what can happen when you leave them in the car.  http://www.myfoxny.com/story/22884820/woman-charged-after-dog-dies-in-hot-car

WXEdge.com Blog Post

http://www.wxedge.com/articles/20130531heat_wave_stay_safe_tips

1) Always keep a water bottle with you when you are outside, dehydration can cause headaches, blood loss, extreme sweating, and it can even make you throw up.

2) Do NOT leave anyone, ANYONE, in the car for over 30 minutes. Kids DO die because of the heat when left in a car.

3) Keep the A/C on 24/7 if possible.

4) Popsicles are great during times like this, kids will love them! Trust me, I AM a kid.

5) Have fun and play outside!

From the Red Cross

Excessive Heat Watch – Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Excessive Heat Warning – Heat Index values are forecasting to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs=105-110° Fahrenheit).

Heat Advisory – Heat Index values are forecasting to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs=100-105° Fahrenheit).

From the Town of Fairfield

Cooling Centers – http://fairfieldct.org/documents/2013/cooling_center.pdf

Note: Many of these locations continue to be open throughout the weekend.  Libraries are a great place to go to stay busy and cool!

From OSHA

Note: Thanks go to Fairfield Fire Chief Felner for forwarding this information.

This information is both helpful to employers and employees as well.  But, it also applies to everyone during such high temps.

Heat Safety App – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html

Heat Stress Fact Sheet – https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3154.pdf

Website for general information – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

Website for Spanish version – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/spanish/index_sp.html

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