Extreme Summer Temperatures Increase Risk Of Heat-Related Illnesses

Extreme Summer Temperatures Increase Risk Of Heat-Related Illnesses
Wichita Falls, TX - Sunday marked the first official day of summer and many parts of Texas felt the scorching temperatures, which means things are heating up.

With the increase of temperatures also comes the increased risk of experiencing heat-related illnesses.

As many people head outdoors to enjoy fun in the sun, they should be prepared to deal with the heat, if not it could prove deadly.

According to the national weather service heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the united states and each year hundreds of people die or experience heat-related illnesses because of it.

The centers for disease control and prevention says the following heat illnesses are most common: heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Health officials say best practices to prevent any of those heat-related illnesses include: frequently drinking water, taking breaks and cooling down in the shade. Also, it is best to stay informed about weather conditions and know the symptoms of heat-related conditions.

Here is some advice for parents with kids who may want to get out and enjoy the sun. Schedule outdoor activities during coolest time of the day or plan  activities during the hottest time of the day indoors.

To help when you are outside, dress for the weather. Wear light, loose fitting clothing or  light-colored clothing because it helps reflect the heat and sunlight.

People should not only be cautious when enjoying activities outdoors, but also when traveling during hot summer months. Every single year nearly 40 kids die of heat-related illnesses due to being left behind in a hot vehicle.

A study conducted by the department of meteorology and climate science at San Jose State University shows that so far this year there have been five children who have died of heatstroke after being left behind in a car. Last year, there were 31 kids who died as a result of heat stroke.

Here is a list of the top five states with heatstroke deaths of children left behind in vehicles since 1998:

1. Texas - 95 deaths

2. Florida - 68 deaths

3. California - 43 deaths

4. Arizona - 28 deaths

5. Tennessee - 23 deaths

Safe kids dot org, a child advocacy group says, remembering these three letters ACT could help you prevent leaving your child behind in a vehicle.

A: never leave your child in a car "alone."

Not even for a few minutes, even if you have the windows cracked or down. Also, make sure to always keep your vehicle locked so that kids do not get in owning their own.

C: Create reminders.

Some ideas people have come up with are placing a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat anytime a child is in the car or even placing your shoe, briefcase or cell phone. Use something you will likely need when you reach your intended destination. Lastly, never let your child get in the vehicle on their own.

T: Stands for "take action."

If you see a kid in a car alone, call 911. Remember one call could save a life.

Also, before placing a child in a safety seat or safety belt make sure the safety belt to secure them is not too hot before using it.

Texas law says cannot leave a child in a car that is younger than seven years of age without a person in the vehicle.

Jimmie Johnson, News Channel 6