This heat wave has been brutal. While the weather may just seem like an unpleasant nuisance, it's important to remember that heat waves are deadly, claiming more lives in this country that flooding and other natural disasters. The Red Cross has just published a downloadable PDF that includes the steps to recognize and prevent heat-related illness. Pass the checklist along to your coworkers, family and friends to ensure that this summer's heat wave doesn't end in tragedy.Should someone near you be suffering from heat cramps or heat exhaustion, the Red Cross advises you to:
Move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition.
Don't be to proud to take frequent breaks in excessive heat. Stay safe this summer, workers.
Submitted by Patrick McQueen