Handling Heat Stress (Louisville, KY)
According to estimates based on the 1990 population, extreme heat events cause close to 2,000 deaths in the U.S. every year; 17 of these deaths happen in the Louisville Metropolitan Area. If you lack air conditioning and live in an upper floor of a building, especially a building with a dark roof that is surrounded by dark pavement, you may be especially vulnerable to heat related illnesses.
Viewer Tip: Minimize the risks to your health during hot weather by following these tips:
Wear clothing that is both light in color and weight, but be careful not to wear clothing that can expose you to sunburn. Sunburned skin inhibits your body’s cooling abilities.
Drink plenty of water; avoid drinking alcohol and eating heavy meals.
Try to limit outdoor activities, or do these activities during the coolest parts of the day.
Seek shelter in an air conditioned environment, such as shopping malls and movie theaters. Doing so can reduce your risk of overheating.
(Sources: United States Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Atmospheric Programs. “Excessive Heat Events Guidebook.” Washington, DC. 2006 and Kalkstein, LS and Greene, JS. “An Evaluation of Climate/Mortality Relationships in Large U.S. Cities and the Possible Impacts of a Climate Change.” Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 105, Number 1, January 1997.)