San Antonio Provides Tips on Preventing Heat Related Illness and Death
It is easy to spend time outdoors in San Antonio due to popluar attractions like the Alamo and Riverwalk, community events, and the sunny weather. However, like much of Texas, that weather can at times be unrelenting. Every year people die from heat-related causes. As the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District issues heat advisories throught Bexar County, residents are urged to follow some easy tips on keeping cool.
Heat Related Fatality Statistics
- The National Weather Service received 155 reports of heat related deaths in 2012, well above the ten year average of 117.
- Between 2003 and 2008, Texas experienced 263 heat related deaths according the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- The San Antonio Express News reports heat exposure killed 24 Texas workers between 2009 and 2011.
Preventing Heat Related Injury or Death
“Heat related illnesses are 100 percent preventable. That’s one of the great tragedies about them – it’s that they don’t have to occur.” – Dr. Bruce Adams, University of Texas Health Science Center as published by San Antonio Express News
- Wearing lightweight and light colored clothing that fits loosely.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Apply sunscreen whenever outdoors.
- When you don’t need to be in the sun, don’t be.
- Keep the temperature in your home at between seventy-eight and eighty degrees.
- Avoid poorly ventilated spaces like attics. In these closed in spaces, tempatures can exceed 140 degrees.
- Replenish salts and minerals lost through sweating.
- If you are not accustomed to working in the heat, take extra care and pace yourself accordingly.
- Do not leave children in unventilated cars, approximatley 38 children die each year as a result of heat exposure while locked in a car according to kidsandcars.org.
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