Virginia has entered the summer season at full force. The Commonwealth is well known hot, humid summers – so take the proper precautions to beat the heat! For those of you with younger children – remember children’s internal body temperatures increase 3-5 times faster than an adult’s.
Here are few quick tips to stay cool:
Watch Out for Signs of Overheating
Agitation, dizziness, nausea, and rapid breathing are the most common signs to look out for, this indicates heat exhaustion, a less severe form of heat stroke. Heat exhaustion, like heat stroke, requires medical attention and re-hydration. The less common and more serious symptoms that you can experience are seizures, unconsciousness, and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms you are experiencing heat stroke, the most life-threatening stage of overheating which requires immediate medical attention.
To avoid these symptoms always stay hydrated and avoid long periods of sun exposure. If you must be outside; wear sunscreen, dress in light fabrics, avoid sugary beverages, and take advantage of the shade.
Do Not Leave Children or Pets Unattended in Vehicles
As most of us know this is never a good idea, even if you think that you will only be gone for a few minutes. Things can go wrong, you may lock your keys in the car, or your child could maneuver themselves into the front seat. The temperature in a car rises quickly in the first 30 minutes, and leaving the car windows open or cracking them open does not allow enough air into the vehicle. It only takes a body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit for heat stroke to occur, and 107 degrees can be fatal.
So, crank up the AC when you are driving – but never leave children or pets in the car unattended when you stop.
The Dangers of Extreme Weather
Richmond can be unpredictable during the summer months. Not only do we experience high heat and humidity, but it can be accompanied by summer storms. Lightning is the most dangerous hazard, as it can down power lines, cause damage to homes, and in rare cases cause irreversible damage to humans. In the rainy season, we must also watch out for flooding, as six inches of water is enough to take an adult off their feet. In severe weather, you should always be prepared for the worst. Carry first aid kits in the car and at home. You should always be prepared with flashlights, nonperishable items, and blankets in case of an emergency. If you feel it is dangerous to be on the roads head to shelter and wait out the storm.
Please pay attention to weather reports, and always listen to weather warnings. Storms can be unpredictable and they can put a stop to summer plans, but it is better to stay home than to get stuck in the middle of the downpour.
Here at Reid Goodwin we would like to remind everyone to stay safe and aware this summer. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.