Summer Heat in Central Texas and How to Beat It

Summer Heat in Central Texas and How to Beat It

We’ve broken down the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and shared tips on how to stay safe during hot summer days.

AUSTIN, Texas – Central Texas is warming up for summer, and that means days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

“If you’re new to Austin or a longtime resident, we want people to prepare for the risks of summer and enjoy the season safely,” said Aoife Longmore, deputy director of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “It is important that people are aware of the measures they can take to protect themselves, their loved ones and their pets.”

The City of Austin wants to remind people to take precautions to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Officials say people should keep cool, stay hydrated, and if you have to be outside, wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

There are differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fast and weak pulse

If you see someone with these symptoms, you need to act quickly. You want to move the person to a cooler area immediately, loosen their clothing and have them slowly sip cold water.

If a person’s symptoms do not improve, last longer than an hour or begin vomiting, seek medical help immediately.

Symptoms of heatstroke:

  • Hot, red, dry, or clammy skin
  • Fast and strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • confusion
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Body temperature higher than 103 F
  • Lethargy or loss of consciousness

If you see someone experiencing these symptoms, you must act quickly because heatstroke can cause death or permanent damage if emergency treatment is not provided. You need to move the person to a cooler area, preferably air-conditioned, and lower their body temperature with cool clothing or a bath. You should also not give fluids or anything by mouth to someone suffering from heatstroke.

Symptoms of heat rash:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people can develop heat rash, which is a skin irritation. It is caused by excessive sweating during hot and humid weather.

  • Red clusters that look like pimples or small pimples
  • It can appear on the neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts and in the elbow creases

Stay safe while working outdoors

The city has a rest break ordinance to make sure those who work outside beat the heat. According to the law, employees working on a construction site can take a break of at least 10 minutes every four hours. There must also be fluids and shade nearby for employees to calm down.

Pet safety

When caring for your pets during these summer months, make sure you have shade nearby and have plenty of cool water on hand. The city reminds pet owners that dark asphalt and sidewalks can be hot on your pets’ feet, which can cause burns or blisters.

Car safety

Make sure to look before locking. Temperatures in vehicles can quickly reach dangerous temperatures. The city is urging drivers to check that children, pets and adults are in the back seat before exiting their vehicle.

Officials also say if you see someone trapped in a hot car, you should take action and call 9-1-1 immediately because it could save someone’s life.

Cooling centers

Throughout the summer, the city will have several facilities open to help people cool off. These facilities include libraries and leisure centres, which will be open during normal business hours.

If you have a service animal, they will be allowed in city facilities.

Capital Metro will offer free rides to cooling centers throughout the summer.

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