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Monday, August 13, 2007

Heat Advisory in Houston

This morning the local radio commented that a heat advisory has been issued for the Houston area that will remain in effect until 5 am tomorrow morning. It is rather unusual for a heat advisory to last through the night. You would expect that the temperatures would cool off at night, but not here. The humidty is so high that the air temperatures don't drop a whole bunch once the sun goes down.

A couple of pointers while we are in this high heat - which hopefully will break pretty soon.

1. Learn the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion - the person is still clammy, wet, sweating. You have time to cool him down. If conditions worsen, call 911.
Heat stroke - the person is NO LONGER SWEATING. Immediately call 911. Then do your best to cool the person down while waiting for EMTs to arrive.

2. Watch out for one another.

If you see a person sweating profusely, or acting a little different than normal….TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

Ask if they're OK
Offer some help
Make certain they have adequate "cool down" time
Make certain they're staying hydrated

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