Heat Emergencies

Harper County EMS Hot Weather Safety Tips

When the weather outside heats up take the temperature and heat index into account when planning your daily outdoor activities.

The heat index is a combination of the current outdoor temperature and the relative humidity, or amount of moisture present in the air. The higher the outdoor temperature and relative humidity, the greater the heat index and more at risk you and your pets are to suffer from heat exhaustion.

If the value is above 105 degrees, the National Weather Service will issue a heat advisory, and special precautions are necessary. Below are some heat safety tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Slow down - strenuous activities should be reduced or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day
  • Dress for summer - wear light-weight, and light-colored clothing
  • Stay hydrated - your body needs water to stay cool; even if you don't feel thirsty, continue to drink water
  • Don't get too much sun - sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places - doing so makes the body's job of staying cool that much easier
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages - the intake of alcohol only leads to further dehydration

Heat Exhaustion & Stroke

Each year when the summer temperature ascends higher and higher, the possibility of too much sun can cause a deadly stroke. When the weather is warm and sultry and in fact hot with high humidity it is sometimes deceiving to our good sense. We exercise with enthusiasm as usual, not thinking about the extreme heat of the day. Heat is