As we enter the peak summer months, the National Weather Service is calling for a prolonged period of intense heat for most of the country. Dangerously high temps can cause serious safety issues. And with people eager to get out and about following pandemic stay-at-home orders, it’s important to remember a few important tips to avoid illness, injury, or death.
- Stay hydrated
- Never leave anyone, especially children, alone in a vehicle
- Avoid strenuous work or exercise during the hottest parts of the day
- If you must work, take frequent breaks
- Wear protective clothing, eye wear, and sunscreen
For a more complete list, check out the CDC webpage and other resources. Heat-related injuries are no joke – an average of 600 people die in the US each year as a result of heatstroke and other factors. An extended heatwave in Europe in 2003 killed at least 30,000 people, including 14,000 in France. Unfortunately, heat-related injuries target the most vulnerable populations, including the young, the elderly, and the poor.
As the temperatures climb, be sure to take a few moments to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
Growing up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nolan Erickson began working at Church Wyble PC in 2007 as a law clerk. Now as an attorney with Grewal Law, Mr. Erickson has developed extensive experience with all phases of trial and pre-trial resolution of personal injury matters, including major auto accident, medical malpractice, and other serious injury cases.