Health & Safety

July 5, 2013

Heed a few tips for a safe summer

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The summer season has arrived and the temperature is quickly rising. This is also a time when the potential for heat injuries increase (ie. sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke). Heat injuries are preventable; following these simple recommendations will decrease your susceptibility to them:

• Drink plenty of water (hourly intake should not exceed1.5 quarts; daily intake should not exceed 12 quarts)

• Protect your skin and eyes from the sun by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses

• Wear light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing

• Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day

• Use the buddy system, and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat injuries and illnesses.

Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. With the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can still rise an additional 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at the greatest risk for heat stroke and possibly death. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.

Preventive Medicine monitors the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Index for local heat conditions on Fort Irwin. The heat category is posted on the following website: http://www.irwin.amedd.army.mil/pages/wetbulb.cfm.

Remember to keep cool and use common sense. The summer season can be an enjoyable time of year and heat injuries are preventable. For more information, contact Preventive Medicine at 380-3235/5328/3026.

Save your skin!

During most summer days in the Mojave Desert, you will be exposed to three times the ultraviolet radiation level that causes skin damage. The best way to protect your skin is to cover up by applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or greater, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and UV-protective sunglasses. The National Weather Service calculates the predicted UV Index for the next day in each area of the United States at http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.




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