Friday, 19 April 2013
Show Content 19th April 2013
This week’s show starts with the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, then Surviving in Hot Weather, Why Learn Wilderness Survival Skills, Support these companies, More companies to support, Prepping for Beginners, Prepared for Disaster The Dan Haight Interview, Further companies to support, How to Make a Disaster Preparedness Kit, Prepper or Not This is what you should Do, Surviving a Nuclear Attack, What if An EMP Attack Happened, The Terminator Threat is Real, Bird Flu Deaths, Five Survival Skills the Movies Taught You Wrong.
Surviving in Hot Weather
In the hope that this year we will have a hot summer here is some advice on keeping safe.
1. Pre-hydrate, hydrate and re-hydrate.
During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Drink plenty of fluids in advance, during and after activities and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.
Using a hydration back pack is a great way to stay hydrated.
Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluids you drink or has prescribed water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.
2. Dress for the heat.
Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing. Light colours will reflect some of the sun’s energy. Limit your direct exposure to the sun and wear a hat for extra protection.
3. Monitor those at high risk.
Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health and although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include children, older adults, those that work or exercise outside and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
4. Children and cars – use common sense.
Never leave infants, children, pets or the elderly in a parked car where temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes, even with the windows rolled down. Additionally, hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s skin.
Before you put your child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the temperature of the car seat or upholstery first.
5. Avoid strenuous activity.
When possible, strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest part of the day. Take regular breaks when exercising or engaged in physical activity on warm days.
If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing signs of a heat-related illness, stop the activity immediately, find a cool place to rest, hydrate and seek medical attention if necessary.
Remember, heat stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The American Red Cross advises that warning signs can vary among individuals but common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke may include:
Pulse rate: fast and weak
Breathing: fast and shallow
Nausea or vomiting
Headache and/or dizziness
An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)
The absence of sweating
Strange behaviour and/or hallucinations
Confusion, agitation and disorientation
6. Be a good neighbour.
Isolated, elderly adults are at a much higher risk of health-related issues. Be a good neighbor and take a minute to check in with your neighbours.