SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The Florida Department of Health urged residents to follow safety measures with temperatures rising and heat indices reaching dangerous levels. It is important to prioritize the well-being of individuals and communities.
High temperatures and humidity pose health risks. Follow these safety measures to minimize the risk of heat related illnesses and emergencies.
Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water and avoid excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.
Stay cool: Avoid direct sunlight and long exposure to the sun. Spend time in air-conditioned environments. If outdoors, seek shade when the sun is strongest, which is typically between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, ears, and back of your neck. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from sun exposure. For additional protection, you can wear light, long-sleeved shirts.
Check on vulnerable individuals: Keep an eye on elderly neighbors, young children, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Ensure they have access to a cool environment and sufficient hydration.
Never leave children, vulnerable individuals, or pets in a vehicle: Temperatures in a parked car can rise rapidly, even with the widows open. This can be life threatening.
Everyone must remain vigilant and look out for one another. By following these safety measures, we can collectively reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses and emergencies.
Stay informed about the weather by listening to local weather forecasts or following the National Weather Service.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited as part of an Integrated Local Public Health Department System by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.