SFD offers safety tips on how to deal with summer heat

Shreveport, LA (KSLA)- It has been definitely an early start for the summer, which means this heat has taken many by surprise and many people didn't get the chance to adjust to the sizzling temperatures that have been grilling the region for the past few weeks.

Many people could be at risk for dehydration, especially children, elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

Local meteorologists have predicted temperatures to reach 100 degrees over the next few days, and that means this heat could pose a dangerous health risk if not dealt with properly.

Shreveport Fire Department has offered safety tips to combat the sweltering summer heat and has urged all citizens to use extreme caution and minimize prolonged exposure to this dangerous summer heat in order to remain cool and safe:

œ     Stay inside a cool air-conditioned area, if possible.

œ     Don't leave children or pets in the car.

œ     If you must work outside, do so shortly after daybreak and/or

just before nightfall.

œ     Wear a hat or cap, wear loose fitting clothing. Cooling the head and neck  may be an

effective means of reducing core body temperature.

œ     If working in extreme temperatures, do so in increments and pace yourself.

œ     Drink plenty of water.  Drink before you're thirsty, and drink often.

œ     Replace electrolytes with sports drinks. Avoid using table salt or salt


œ     Use the buddy system and regularly check on the elderly

œ     Keep close watch on infants and children up to four years of age

œ     Dial 9-1-1 if you experience or witness a heat-related emergency with

symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, throbbing headache, muscle

cramps, heavy sweating or weakness and heart palpitations.