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Homeowners Association Letter from Gwinnett County

posted Jul 31, 2010, 1:32 PM by Smoketree HOA   [ updated Jul 31, 2010, 1:33 PM ]


Dear Homeowners Association Member,

Gwinnett County Government kindly asks for your assistance in spreading the word about the importance of safety in the heat of the summer.
Please help us inform your neighbors about the importance of safety this summer by sharing the article below through your homeowners association newsletter, website, and e-mails and by talking to your friends and family.
Additionally, Gwinnett County staff members are available to speak to your community. Should you wish to schedule a safety presentation and demonstration for one of your neighborhood gatherings, please contact Gwinnett Fire Community Education at 678.518.4850.


The heat is on: tips on beating the heat

The summer season is known for bringing extreme heat to Georgia. Temperatures can easily reach 100 degrees and feel even hotter, but the temperature alone is not the only danger associated with warm weather. Many people will be outside enjoying summer activities and that means more time in the hot sun. Too much sun exposure can be harmful to the body and be especially dangerous to senior citizens, children, and persons with asthma. Limit exposure to the soaring temperatures by limiting outdoor activities, taking frequent breaks, and drinking plenty of water.

The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like to offer the following tips for staying safe and having an enjoyable summer:

  • Stay hydrated during outdoor activities by drinking plenty of cold, refreshing water
  • Take a cool shower, especially after outdoor activities or long exposure to the sun's rays
  • Wear clothing that is lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting
  • Brimmed hats and sunglasses provide protection to the head, face, and eyes
  • When outdoors, remember to use plenty of sunscreen and look for shaded areas to rest
  • Monitor weather conditions and consider staying indoors when temperatures hit into the 90s
  • Limit outdoor activities to early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest part of the day


Heat-related emergencies

Heat exhaustion: Signs and symptoms include rapid, shallow breathing; cold, clammy skin; heavy perspiration; weakness and muscle cramps; possible loss of consciousness. Heat exhaustion can rapidly progress to heat stroke if the victim remains exposed and does not replenish lost fluids.


Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a serious, life-threatening emergency in which the victim's cooling system has failed and prolonged high body temperature could result in brain damage or even death. Signs and symptoms include deep breaths followed by shallow breathing; a rapid, strong pulse followed by a rapid, weak pulse; dry, hot skin; dilated pupils; loss of consciousness or possibly coma; possibly seizures or muscular twitching. 


If the above symptoms are present, take the following precautions

  • Call 911
  • Get the person indoors or to a cool shaded area and out of direct sunlight
  • Loosen tight or constrictive clothing
  • Rapidly cool the person by placing cold, wet cloths under his/her arms, between his/her legs, and behind his/her neck
  • Fan the person and mist him/her with water to help lower his/her body temperature
  • If the person is conscious, alert and breathing normally, hydrate him/her by providing cold water to drink avoiding alcoholic or sugary beverages
  • For more information on Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services view the Fire and Emergency services webpage through www.gwinnettcounty.com.



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