Heat Aware
August 5, 2010


Heat Aware is a local company that helps businesses deal with heat related illness.  Many industries have employees that work outdoors for hours upon hours in our relentless Houston heat.  Workers keep it in a pocket away from the sun and monitor the temperature.

If you are out at the beach or playing in the hot afternoon sun the card shows how hot it is and lists ideas to keep you and your family safe.

You can get more info by clicking the card.

What Are You Doing To Stay Cool?
July 15, 2009


Photo by: Rose Odell, Lake Somerville

This is Rose’s 9 month old grandson, Clayton Wayne Yovino, keeping cool at Lake Somerville.


This is a Great Blue Heron.  Herons cool themselves by panting and/or gular fluttering.  (They flap membranes in their throat to increase evaporation.)

Photo by: Margaret Sloan, Brazos Bend State Park

Kids and Cars
July 9, 2009


When I first heard this I was shocked.  Here is an excerpt from the study:  

Airbags vs. Hyperthermia Deaths 
 In the three-year period of 1990-1992, before airbags became popular, there were only 11 known deaths of children from hyperthermia.

In the most recent three-year period of 2004-2006, when almost all young children are now placed in back seats instead of front seats, there have been at least 110 known fatalities from hyperthermia…a ten-fold increase from the rate of the early 1990s. [Important note: This in no way implies that it is advocated that children be placed in the front seat or that airbags be disabled.]


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Heat, Children and Vehicles
July 9, 2009

It’s something we hate talking about — the deaths of children left in cars.  In 2008, there were 42 deaths nationwide and we led the country with five.  So far this year there have been 14, none in southeast Texas.  I am posting this now because the month of July is typically when this happens the most. 

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Safety Recommendations:

  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.  If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
  • Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
  • Here is a web site with excellent information on this problem:


    Heat Stroke
    July 6, 2009


    Heat causes harm by overloading the body’s heat removal system.  When heat gain becomes greater than heat removal, the body’s core temperature rises, causing cramps, exhaustion and even heat stroke or death.  Heat stroke occurs when the body’s core temperature reaches 104 degrees fahrenheit and death from heat is expected when core temperature reaches 107 degrees.  The very young and the very old, the homeless, and those with obesity, heart diesease or poor circulation conditions are at especially high-risk for heat-related health issues.

    Courtesy: Earth Gauge


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