Keeping safe in the hot summer heat

To say temperatures in Borger and Hutchinson County are hot right now is an understatement. With that said, there are some important things people need to remember to safeguard themselves and those they love from the summer heat. In order to prevent summer heat exhaustion, it is important to follow a few safety tips and look for signs. A person’s temperature should never reach 105 degrees as it could result in heatstroke. Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that if a person has heatstroke, the person probably isn’t sweating much, and his/her pulse may be rapid. If someone encounters another suffering from heatstroke, they need to apply cool water or cold packs to his or her body to lower the temperature. To prevent heatstroke, people should wear light, loose fitting clothes and a hat in the sun. They should also drink a lot of water, even if they don’t feel thirsty, to prevent heatstroke. Another tip is to take in a little more salt than usual with meals, which can help retain water. People should never play sports or walk or exercise in extremely hot temperatures. Also during the summer heat, people should never leave pets or children unattended in a car or at parks. Richards said, “The strange thing about this summer is that it has just begun.” He also went on to say that this time of year is of high risk for the elderly and children, and people need to play close attention.