Safety Tips: Heat Safety -

Safety Tips: Heat Safety

Safety Tips: Heat Safety
Safety Tips: Heat Safety

Every year, thousands of adults suffer from heat-related conditions, including dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke. As the body ages, it often loses the ability to adapt to the heat.

In addition, chronic medical conditions and prescription medications can affect the body’s ability to manage increases in body temperature. Rural Metro Fire offers the following information on the effects of some medications:

  • Antidepressants, antihistamines, phenothiazines and anticholinergics act on an area of the brain that controls the skin’s ability to make sweat
  • Beta blockers (heart tablets) reduce the ability of the heart and lungs to adapt to stress
  • Amphetamines raise body temperature
  • Diuretics (fluid tablets) encourage fluid loss, which can quickly lead to dehydration
  • Opioids and sedatives can reduce awareness of physical discomfort

The summer is here in San Tan Valley and Rural Metro Fire wants you to stay safe in the heat.

  • Limit outdoor activities.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
  • Wear light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Work outdoors early or very late in the day.

If you need emergency assistance please call 9-1-1.