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Extreme Heat

July 19, 2017
Heidi Mariscal, OEM

Hottest Temperatures of the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2017) – Much of the U.S. is experiencing some sort of extreme heat, and Middle Tennessee is next! Temperatures this week are expected to be out hottest so far this year, and it is expected to last for several days.

Today’s high temperature is expected to reach into the low to mid 90’s, but the high for the next several days is expected to reach into the high 90’s, with the heat index easily surpassing into the 100’s. Expected low temperatures will not offer much relief as they will be steady in the mid to low 70’s. This extreme heat is expected to be prolonged through most of the weekend, until a chance of showers may appear on Sunday and offer some much needed relief.

Nashville OEM would like to remind everyone of important safety tips during this extreme heat:

  • The risk of heat related illness dramatically increases when the heat index reaches up to 90º or more. So it is especially important to pay attention to the reported heat index.
  • Heat related illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to more serious situations such as heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention!
  • Heat exhaustion is strongly related to the heat index. A relative humidity of 60% or more hampers sweat evaporation, which hinders your body's ability to cool itself.
  • Check on the elderly and neighbors during periods of heat, especially those that might not have air conditioning. Suggest they go to an air conditioned building such as a library, community center or shopping mall.
  • NEVER leave a child or a pet alone in a car. Place your phone, purse or similar in the back seat, next to the child’s seat as a reminder they are there. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous temperatures in a matter of minutes; even with the windows left open a little. If you see an unattended child in a hot vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately!
  • Do not leave pets outside during extreme heat. If they must be outside, ensure they have plenty of shade and water.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Drink LOTS of water! Limit caffeinated beverages and alcoholic beverages.
  • During extreme heat, spend more time in air conditioned places if possible.
  • Slow down, reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activity until the coolest time of the day. If you must be outside, take frequent water breaks.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen with 30+ SPF protection, and broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection.

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