With many Arizona counties seeing daytime highs over the 100-degree mark it is no wonder that Arizona Department of Health Services is warning that state’s residents to be heat-safe.
Saturday Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties were placed on the Excessive Heat Warning list; yesterday Santa Cruz County was added. Today it was Cochise County. Highs in some areas could, says the Department, nudge the 120-degree mark.
The Department is urging folks to practice heat safety behaviors. Some tips include:
- Staying hydrated by drinking water. Indoor dwellers should consume, the agency says, a minimum of 2 liters of pure water each day. The folks who have to work out in the heat should drink 1 to 2 quarts per hour.
- Protect your skin by using sunscreen on exposed skin and cover everything else in light-colored, lightweight clothing a hat or an umbrella.
- Avoid strenuous activity, especially after about 7 a.m., when the air really begins to heat up. And take frequent, regular breaks.
- Know the signs of heat illness, how to treat it and when to call for emergency medical help.
California won’t be seeing 120 degrees anytime soon but some parts of the state could top 100 degrees. That state’s Department of Public Health is also urging people to protect themselves. “It is important that everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, stay inside and take other precautions to prevent heat-related illness,” said Director Karen Smith in the agency’s press release. Temperatures this week will be 10 to 15 degrees higher than they normally are for this time of year.
Regardless of where they live, people over the age of 65 are especially vulnerable to the dangers presented by excessive heat. Older folks tend to be less sensitive to changing temperatures and less able to adjust, physically, as temperatures rise.
In 2013 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, estimated that nearly 700 people die every year from excessive heat–and data suggest that the number will continue to climb in the coming years. Older people are, unfortunately, well-represented in those estimates.