An important part of the CMAA is supporting the County Alliances with health programs that benefit their local communities. In addition, the CMAA develops and promotes health projects on a statewide level.
Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather
Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather.
Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 through 2010. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people die from extreme heat each year.
Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:
- High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
- Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.
People age 65 and older are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.
Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask these questions:
- Are they drinking enough water?
- Do they have access to air conditioning?
- Do they need help keeping cool?
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned, and using air conditioning in vehicles.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
- Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
- Pace activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
If you play a sport that practices during hot weather protect yourself and look out for your teammates:
- Schedule workouts and practices earlier or later in the day when the temperature is cooler.
- Monitor a teammate’s condition, and have someone do the same for you.
- Seek medical care immediately if you or a teammate has symptoms of heat-related illness.
- Learn more about how to protect young athletes from heat-related illness by taking this CDC course.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:
- Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
- Pace yourself.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- Never leave children or pets in cars.
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
Never Leave Children Unattended in a Car!
Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Sonoma Counties have awareness campaigns against child neglect with the consequences of leaving children unattended in vehicles during hot summer months. One of the projects is “Not Even for A Minute” Campaign which highlights health risks and criminal consequences. Learn More
THE #1 KILLER OF TEENS ARE TEEN DRIVERS!
JourneySafe is an outreach program established by Dr. David & Donna Sabet, parents of Jill Sabet. Jill and her boyfriend, Jonathan Schulte (photo) were two remarkable teens who lost their lives May 26, 2005 in a senseless single vehicle automobile crash. Learn More
One of Fresno Madera Medical Society Alliance’s health projects is “Stroke Happens" Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer” was the shocking statistic Alliance members heard in September 2008 when a local neurologist spoke to them about the warning signs of a stroke and the need to call 911 immediately. Learn More
“ICE” YOUR PHONE
There are over 215 million cell phone users in the United States today. Industry experts expect over 300 million users by 2010. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2006 that 1,600,000 emergency room patients could not provide contact information because they were incapacitated. So many individuals, including teenagers, leave the home each day without any identification or emergency contact information, yet carry a cell phone.
A global campaign, started in the UK in 2005, has spread to the United States calling for individuals to program an In Case of Emergency contact (or ICE for short) into their mobile phones.
ICESticker.com is a national coalition member of Ready.Gov., a Homeland Security program aimed at encouraging Americans to take responsibility at preparing themselves for an emergency or major disaster. ICESticker.com has developed an iconic self-adhesive visual alert to be applied to the back of the phone to serve as both as an alert for and invitation to paramedics and emergency personnel that the individual has established an emergency communication protocol.
Since launching in the summer of 2005, ICESticker.com has distributed hundreds of thousands of the original ICE Sticker™ visual alerts to a world-wide base of emergency responders, community organizers, government entities, private companies, and individuals just like you.
Get involved and become part of the ICE Your Phone™ campaign today. Click the links below for more information
ACEP-Emergency Physicians say ICE can help save your life Fresno, CA- Fire Department Press Release – January 2010 - Need PDF Link.
Click here to order ICE stickers
HOW TO “ICE” YOUR PHONE
Type in “ICE”, then the contact name (for example, ICE Mom). If possible, list more than one ICE contact in case the first cannot be reached. Make sure your ICE contact is familiar with your medical history.
DO NOT password-protect your contact list.
- ICE is not a substitute to keeping written emergency information in a wallet or purse. Emergency response teams first look to identify you before trying to contact next of kin.
- Cell phones are personal items that must remain with the victim. Written information can be photocopied. Keep ICE information limited – as this is accessible to anyone finding your cell phone.
- The person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE contact.
- Your ICE contact(s) should have a list of people they should contact on your behalf, including your place of work.
- Your ICE contact should know about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment – for example allergies or current medications.
- If you are under 18, your ICE contact is either your mother or father or an immediate member of your family authorized to make decisions on your behalf