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Posted on: July 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Beat the Heat

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Minnesota is in the midst of a heat wave that is expected to last another day or so. While summertime heat waves are nothing new for us, there are some concerns with this one.

The biggest concern is the dew point temperatures during the day and the overnight temperatures. Typically, during a heat wave, there is some relief during the nighttime hours. The current forecast over the next few days is for temperatures to stay above 90 degrees, even into the evening hours. Exposure to these temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses.

A few ideas can help make a difference:

  • Try not to use your stove or oven to cook
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device
  • Never leave children or pets in cars
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Limit outdoor activity
  • Check on your neighbors and have someone check on you
When at home, do your best to stay in a cool environment. For those that do not have air conditioning, go to places that do until the temperatures have decreased. Alternative sites that have air conditioning include:
  • Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theaters
  • Public Buildings
  • County Libraries
  • Community Centers
Additional recommendations:
  • Drink plenty of water: Try to consume about 15 ounces of water per hour, especially for those working outside or who are active during the hottest periods of the day.
  • Take plenty of breaks: If you are active for more than 20 minutes, take at least 10 minutes to recover and recuperate in either the shade or an air conditioned vehicle or building.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing: Try to wear clothing that is not heavy or tight fitting.
It is important to keep an eye on ourselves, our coworkers, and our neighbors to stay safe from excessive heat exposure. Signs of heat-related illnesses include:
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps and aches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Light headedness
  • Nausea
  • Immense thirst
  • Confusion
  • Fainting spells
If you recognize any of these symptoms, please call 911.

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