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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY-BE COOL!

The predicted weather for the MS Gulf Coast during this holiday weekend shows the average temperature around 86. Couple that with the humidity factor, and we're looking at some serious heat! It's the price we pay to live in such a fantastic place, but we need to all practice simple safety measures to avoid heat related illness such as exhaustion or heat stroke.

The number one rule is to stay hydrated. Don't wait to drink until you are thirsty or active, stay hydrated regardless. Avoid alcoholic beverages or sugary drinks as these usually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks because this can cause cramps. If you are active outdoors during peak hours, doctors recommend you drink at least 32 ounces of cool water or sports beverages such as Gatorade every hour that you are outdoors.

When dressing to be in hot conditions keep your attire light weight, light colored and loose fitting. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and SPF 15 or higher sun block.

Consider the well being of your loved ones and pets by checking regularly on infants and young children outdoors as well as the elderly or handicapped. Prepare outdoor pets with abundant water to drink and shady places to rest. Never leave a person or animal in a closed vehicle. Each year, dozens of children and pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.


Heat-Related Illness Symptoms and First Aid

HEAT CRAMPS

  • Symptoms:

    • Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen

    • Heavy sweating

  • First Aid:

    • Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm.

    • Give sips of water, if nausea occurs, discontinue water


HEAT EXHAUSTION

  • Symptoms:

    • Heavy sweating

    • Weakness

    • Cool, pale, clammy skin

    • Weak pulse

    • Possible muscle cramps

    • Dizziness

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Fainting

    • Normal temperature possible

  • First Aid:

    • Move person to a cooler environment

    • Remove or loosen clothing

    • Apply cool, wet cloths

    • Fan or move victim to air conditioned room

    • Offer sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue water. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.


HEAT STROKE (or sunstroke)

  • Symptoms:

    • Altered mental state

    • Possible throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing

    • High body temperature (106°F or higher)

    • Skin may be hot and dry, or patient may be sweating

    • Rapid pulse

    • Possible unconsciousness

  • First Aid:

    • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Summon emergency medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.

    • Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment

    • Reduce body temperature with a water mister and fan or sponging

    • Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s

    • Use extreme caution

    • If temperature rises again, repeat process

    • Do NOT give fluids



Have a safe and Happy 4th of July and stay healthy all summer long!

If you are on the Gulf Coast, contact your Trusted Choice agent, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com / , SERVICE TEAM: Angelyn Treutel, Tammy Garfield, Dawn Garza, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Wendy Johnson, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Susan Monti, Kayleigh Davis, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: atreutel@southgroup.net , phone:228-466-4498, fax:888-415-8922,

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Thanks to Susan Monti for her words of wisdom!