In Lubbock last year, we reached 112 degrees and 107 degrees on two different days in June, and I know Amarillo had multiple miserable days as well. Time travel to May 2018, and it appears we’re in for excessive heat again, early and often. TOO EARLY and TOO OFTEN. Possible record breaking numbers. Wheee (she says with utter and complete sarcasm). In all seriousness, we cannot fail to realize that heat can be a life or death matter. We can’t just take it for granted, or become complacent about its’ power.
The Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management has issued a press release to try and get out in front of what’s coming….maybe to nudge us out of any lull we may’ve slipped into over our so called winter. Please check out some of these tips, just to refresh your memory. It IS important.
During Extreme Heat
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Anyone on a fluid-restricted diet or who has a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake. People with epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease should also consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Hot, heavy meals add heat to your body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. –Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management
I’ll add one more. CLOSELY watch all children around pools…even tiny plastic wading pools. We’ve already lost a toddler in a swimming pool accident in the Permian Basin this week. NO MORE.
So, I realize this all sounds quite heavy duty, but some things need to be treated with respect. The power of heat ranks high on the list.
If forced to choose, would you prefer extreme heat, or extreme cold?