With Summer here, Councilmember Richard Fimbres urges everyone to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning and finish up by 10 a.m., know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Councilmember Fimbres compiled some suggestions to help you ensure that you do not fall victim to a heat related illness:
Hydrate with water; avoid drinks with sugar, drinks with caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
Do not leave children unsupervised in parked cars. Even in less threatening temperatures, vehicles can rapidly heat up to dangerous temperatures. A child left inside a car is at risk for severe heat-related illnesses and/or death, even if the windows are cracked open.
Never leave your pets in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on.
If feasible, begin the work day as early as operationally and fiscally possible and schedule outdoor work for the earlier part of the day, avoiding peak temperatures between 12-4 p.m.
When possible, take a 15-minute break every hour and take breaks in a cool area, in the shade or indoors.
Replace your electrolytes (2:1 Ratio of Water to “PowerAde/Gatorade”)
If you work outside, keep an eye on your co-workers, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Manage your medication.
Wear sunscreen of at least 30SPF and remove layers when possible.
If you suspect heat stroke, call 911!
Also Tucson Pima Collaboration to end Homelessness (TPCH) has put out a list of places around Tucson where people can get respite from the heat. The list is located on the next page as well as online at: http://www.tpch.net/uploads/1/4/0/0/14008364/2016_summersunsites_6-8.pdf.