Summer has hit the Alamo City with triple digit heat already upon us. Take some steps to keep you and your family safe.
- Keep hydrated. Drink water every half hour, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Limit caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature (for instance, air out your vehicle before entering.)
- Never leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle, even if for a short period of time!
- Try to stay in the shade between noon and 4 p.m. as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, take frequent breaks to cool off.
- If the temperature is very high, reduce your outdoor activities to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Know the symptoms of heat related injury which may include headache, dizziness, nausea, or pale skin.
If you recognize any of these symptoms in someone immediately move them to a cooler environment. Spray or sponge cool water onto their skin. If attempts to relieve symptoms fail or if vomiting and the appearance of sleepiness occur, call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
“Project Cool” is underway and senior citizens can receive a free 20-inch box fan by calling the United Way Helpline at 211. Local residents wanting to help can also drop off a new 20-inch box fan at any one of SAFD’s Fire Stations with the exception of Fire Station 23 at the airport.