August is typically one of the hottest months of the year in Kansas City, but August 2023 might go down as one of the hottest on record.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, and it can take a deadly toll on your body if you’re not careful. Below are some helpful health and safety tips. Please stay cool and safe!
The National Weather Service provides numerous heat safety resources, including the following tips:
- Limit time outdoors.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade.
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
- Check on your loved ones.
- Locate a cooling center near you.
This recent NPR article outlines eight mistakes to avoid if you must go out in the heat:
- Too much, too soon: You need to acclimatize
- Failing to pre-hydrate (and rehydrate!)
- Don’t be the frog in the boiling pot (i.e., your car)
- Heat + (certain) medications don’t mix
- Don’t ignore the early signs of heat-related illness
- Know when to seek medical attention
- Wear loose, light clothing
- Alcohol is a bad call