Summer Heat Safety

The SunSummertime in the Midwest is a great time for outdoor activity.

The Scott County Health Department reminds everyone to keep safety in mind when summer heat turns extreme. All people, even young and healthy individuals, can have a heat-related illness when the weather is hot.

People can suffer from heat related illness when the body does not cool properly or cannot cool itself enough. Normally, our bodies keep themselves cool by releasing heat through the skin and by sweating. Sweat evaporates off the skin and cools us down. This is our body’s natural temperature control system.

However, in hot and humid conditions, this is sometimes not enough and body temperature can rise rapidly. If unattended this can lead to heat related illness that can become serious or even deadly.

Those at Greatest Risk

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, the people who are at greatest risk include:

Even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot and humid weather.

Tips to Protect Your Health

When temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. Follow these tips to protect your health:

Heat Related Illnesses

The following are common heat related illnesses.

For information about these illnesses including how to recognize signs and symptoms visit:
CDC Extreme Heat: A Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety.