Fire Chief Michael Sullivan
One Union St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 2, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Wakefield Fire Department Offers Hot Weather Safety Tips
WAKEFIELD — As a heat wave is predicted to continue throughout the week, Chief Michael Sullivan would like to offer residents some tips on how to stay safe in the hot weather.
Temperatures are expected to reach into the low 90s in Wakefield much of this week, according to the National Weather Service. Humidity levels are also expected to be high throughout the week.
The American Red Cross recommends the following in order to stay safe in the heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors that absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities and take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. Don’t forget to monitor your pets to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.
- If you do not have air conditioning, you should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (libraries, theaters, malls, etc.).
Those exposed to high heat for a prolonged amount of time can fall victim to heat exhaustion or life-threatening heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion can be recognized by heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness and cool, moist or pale skin. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cooler place, lower their body temperature and give them water. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 911 or the local emergency number.
Heat stroke, categorized by when the body’s core temperature is 104 degrees Fahrenheit or above, is life threatening. Signs include hot, red skin which can be either dry or moist, vomiting, and changes in consciousness. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke call 911 immediately and lower their body temperature.
To lower a person’s body temperature, try fanning the individual, spraying cool water on them or putting cool, wet cloths on them. In the case of heat stroke, quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.