Summer Safety Warnings
by: Bill Stamps, June 15, 2011 9:06:00 pm
Every year safety experts issue warnings about children being left in hot vehicles. They also warn the public about children and swimming pools. But unfortunately the tragedies continue to occur.
But that’s not stopping the fire department and Houston agencies from sending out the message again this summer.
This is Seema Patel with Children’s Hospital talking about children being left in cars.
"They are extremely susceptible to heat illness, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. The temperatures inside of a vehicle can be 30 to 50 degrees hotter than the outside temperature in a short period. Because of that, there is no amount of time that it is safe to leave a child unattended in a vehicle."
Doctor David Persse is Houston’s public health authority director. He says when it comes to the heat many people don’t use good judgment. He says it’s very easy to get heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you aren’t prepared; however, that doesn’t mean any activities at all.
"It doesn’t mean you can’t you just need to think ahead about it. You know there are people who work through the hottest part of the day, which we really don’t recommend, but if they really plan ahead for it and they pay attention to how they’re feeling, they seem to do alright. People gotta go to work."
The key says Persse, is hydration.
"If people get hydrated before they go out and stay hydrated while they’re outside and then sort of pay attention to how your body feels you’re probably going to be fine."
The doctor says people suffering from a heat related illness may be acting strange and won’t realize what’s happen. He says that makes it important that people around call 911 immediately in order to seek help.