Tips for Dealing with Summer Heat

By: Paul Wiederholt Email
By: Paul Wiederholt Email

Thursday was the hottest day thus far this year.

Those with jobs outside were definitely feeling the heat, and it will only get hotter as summer approaches.

Officials at Rockingham County Fire and Rescue say they tend to see many calls in the summer for heat-related illness and injuries. They stress that many of the calls could be easily prevented.

One big point that they stress is that people should move their schedules around for outdoor activities so they can be done in the morning or evening hours. That way people are not out during the heat of the day.

Those whose jobs force them to be outside for long hours, like farmers, are another concern for officials.

In those cases, they say it can be extremely important to keep the weather in mind.

"But you know, unload that load of hay in the evenings or in the mornings. Construction workers, find a tree or find something that you're building and stand in the shade of it for a little bit. Most important, make sure you take plenty of fluids in," says Jeff Michael, of the Rockingham County Fire and Rescue.

Michael goes on to say that anyone who has questions about how to manage in the heat can contact the Rockingham County Fire Department at 540-564-3175.


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