Watch out for summer heat

Monday, July 28, 2008

Following a fairly mild spring and early summer, we've finally gotten some uncomfortably high temperatures combined with high humidity, temperatures that are potentially dangerous.

It is important to pay attention to your body when performing arduous tasks in summer heat.

The elderly, people with health problems and the very young are particularly susceptible to the danger of heat stroke.

Parents and child caretakers need to be particularly observant of preschoolers.

It is never appropriate to leave any infant or toddler unattended in a vehicle for even a few minutes. When the temperature is high, a few minutes are all it takes to raise temperatures to lethal levels in a sealed car.

This lesson was tragically made clear last year when a Storm Lake toddler was unintentionally killed by his uncle who left him in a car on a hot day.

Just as the frigid temperatures of mid winter command our respect, so do the torrid temperatures of mid summer.