…as the temperature rises…
It’s June in San Antonio, and that means triple-digit temperatures can’t be far away – in fact, the National Weather Service is predicting a high of 101 degrees on Sunday, possibly rising to 105 on Tuesday. With the thermometer at these levels, it’s important to protect yourself and prevent heat-related injuries.
Some hints from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
- Slow down, and reduce strenuous activity. Mow the lawn or garden in the early morning or late evening instead of midday.
- Dress in lightweight, nonrestrictive, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids.
- Eat light, easy-to-digest foods.
- Seek out shade if you have to be outdoors for extended periods. Spend more time in air-conditioned places.
- Check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they are okay.
- When outside, take frequent dips in the ocean or pool, or mist yourself with a water bottle. When inside, if you have no air-conditioning, take frequent cool baths or showers and use cold compresses to cool off.
Be sure that outdoor pets have plenty of shade, and remember to keep their water bowls full.
Never leave a child, an elderly person, or a pet in a car for any reason – temperatures inside a closed car can reach 180 to 200 degrees.
Don’t forget that there are many cooling centers throughout the community – public libraries, senior centers, community centers and public swimming pools are just a few. The Metropolitan Health District has provided a map of City-operated cooling centers here http://batchgeo.com/map/311bfe3e819fdf51b77bdfc2f7c3642e.
Finally, if you suspect that you or someone else may be suffering from heat illness , get to a doctor as quickly as possible.