Heat Injury Prevention Tips
"Summer has hit the Alamo City with our first day of 100 degree temperatures already behind us," says San Antonio Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster. "Take some steps to keep you and your family SAFE!"
- Keep hydrated! Drink water every half hour, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Limit caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature (for instance, air out a car before entering.)
- NEVER leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle, even if for a short period of time!
- Try to stay in the shade between noon and 4 p.m. as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, take frequent breaks to cool off.
- If the temperature is very high, reduce your activity to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Know the symptoms of heat related injury which may include headache, dizziness, nausea, or pale skin.
- If you recognize any of these symptoms in someone immediately move them to a cooler environment. Spray or sponge cool water onto their skin. If attempts to relieve symptoms fail or if vomiting and the appearance of sleepiness occur, call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
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