The Danger of High Temperatures

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It is hot in Louisiana during the summer months, and it seems to get a little hotter each year. High temperatures are very dangerous and harm hundreds of people every year. It is important to take measures to stay cool and remain hydrated. The main things that affect your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are high humidity and certain personal factors. 

High Humidity

In Louisiana, it seems that every single day the humidity is at 100 percent. When the humidity is high, sweat does not evaporate quickly. This keeps your body from releasing the heat as fast as it may need to. 

Personal Factors

There are several personal factors that also impact the body’s ability to stay cool. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use all can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

Individuals who are at an even higher risk include those who are 65 years or older, children younger than two and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Make sure to keep a close eye on them to ensure they are cool enough and drinking enough water. 

Protective Actions

  • Stay in the AC as much as possible. 
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Check on neighbors
  • Limit the use of the oven and stove during the hottest hours of the day. 
  • Limit outdoor activity especially during the hottest hours of the day. 
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks.


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