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Extreme Heat Safety

As temperatures increase so does the risk for heat related illness. During periods of high heat your body may not be able to cool itself quickly which could cause heat exhaustion.  Symptoms of heat exhaustion include; muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. If you experience any to these symptoms move to a cooler location, slowly drink a cool beverage and rest for a few minutes.  If you do not feel better seek medical attention immediately.
In severe cases heat stroke may occur which can cause death or permanent disability if not treated quickly. Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees), red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat, a rapid and strong pulse, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. If you are suffering from these symptoms you should call 9-1-1 immediately.
You can protect yourself and avoid heat related illness by following these recommendations:

  • Drink more water or non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Limit your direct exposure to the sun.
  • Never leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges, or pets in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
  • If you go outside, avoid or reduce strenuous activity, limit activity to morning and evening hours and use sunscreen with a high SPF to avoid sunburn.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless directed to by a physician.
  • Check with your physician if you are concerned about heat and the specific medications you are taking. Certain medications may increase sensitivity to the heat.

Check up on your elderly neighbors or relatives, especially those people at greatest risk.

Gas Barbecues

In order to reduce the risk of fire or explosion with gas grills please adhere to the following safety tips:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.
  • Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.
  • Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
  • Make sure your spark igniter is consistently generating a spark to create a flame and burn the propane gas. If the flame is not visible, the heavier-than-air propane gas may be escaping and could explode.
  • Never bring the propane tank into the house.

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