WFFT's Tara Petitt has some advice on how to beat the heat.
The last few weeks have been relatively cool for this time of year but things are about to change.
Temperatures over the next few days are forecasted to be in the upper 80's and low 90's and it's not just the heat that people need to be concerned about. It's the combination of the heat and humidity.
Approximately 175 Americans die every year from extreme heat, according to the National Weather Service.
Men, women, and children deal with excessive heat differently, so it's important to understand how to take care of yourself and your family in order to prevent heat stroke and dehydration.
Men sweat more than women, and they become dehydrated much sooner.
Staying hydrated is very important when the humidity is high and the heat is up. With high humidity, it makes it extra difficult for our bodies to stay cool. Sweating alone, does not cool off the body.
Your body cools off when sweat evaporates and high humidity prevents your sweat from evaporating at a normal speed.
When your body can't cool itself off, it has to work extra hard to maintain a temperature of 98.6 degrees inside.
According to the United States Department of Labor, employees are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.
If your jobs requires you to work outside, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests drinking water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
Rest in the shade to cool down and wear a hat and light colored clothing.
Learn the signs of heat illness and know what to do in an emergency.
Keep an eye on your coworkers in case they need assistance. Go easy on your first few days in the heat to allow your body time to adjust.
Heat illnesses can range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you think you are experiencing a heat stroke, you should get immediate medical attention.
If you think you are going to be spending time outside over the next few days, you might want to check out an app created by the Department of Labor.
The app is called "Heat Safety Tool" and it's free for IPhhone, Android, and Blackberrys. By typing in the temperature and humidity, the app will calculate the heat index and tell you the risk level for being outdoors.
It will also give you a list of precautions you should be aware of before going outside.
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