Summer Heat Storm!
Summer is approaching fast! In Southern Maryland it seems we have gone from Winter to Summer again this year. Over the last few years, we have skipped spring and this year was no different. With that in mind it is important to remember extreme heat precautions, especially with COVID-19 causing us to do more outdoor activities because a lot of businesses are still closed.
Heat affects everyone but especially young, sick, elderly, and overweight people. There are several things you can do to prepare for extreme heat.
- Stay inside if possible
- Check on your pets if they are outside
- Stay hydrated! Limit alcohol or caffeine if outdoors.
- Wear loose, light colored clothing if outside.
- Apply sunscreen!
If you must be outside during extreme heat please be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as heavy sweating, weakness, cold, clammy skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. Heat exhaustion can lead to a heat stroke which is life threatening. Signs of heat strokes are body temperatures of 103 degrees +, rapid pulse and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone is having a heat stroke CALL 911, DO NOT give them fluids, try to reduce body temp with cool wet rags.
We want you to enjoy the outdoors this summer, especially because we have spent so much time indoors this year due to COVID, but we want you to be safe! Our community is our family and your safety is important to us!