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Summertime and the Livin's Easy...and HOT!

(Article from ECSI eNews: July 2014)

The warm summer months are upon us, and with rising temperatures comes the reminder to protect yourself, friends, family, and your students from heat-related illness. At this time of year, it is likely that many of your students are caretakers looking for emergency care training—coaches, camp staff, babysitters, lifeguards, etc. It is important that they know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke while on the job this summer. Whether you have time to discuss these topics in your course or you provide a takeaway flyer or brochure when the course is complete, the information can be life-saving.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a list of heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms on their website: 

▶ Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, weakness/fatigue, cold/pale/clammy skin, pale/flushed complexion, muscle cramps, fast/weak pulse, nausea/vomiting, fainting, dizziness/confusion

▶ Heat Stroke: high body temperature, hot/red/dry/moist skin, rapid/strong pulse, possible unconsciousness, chills, throbbing headache, confusion/dizziness, slurred speech, hallucinations 

If you or your students see any of these signs or symptoms, the CDC provides clear instructions on how to respond and when to seek medical attention.

To avoid heat-related illness, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken when dealing with extreme heat: 

  • Stay hydrated: Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
  • Stay cool: Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Take cool showers or baths. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Never leave anyone (infants, children, pets, etc.) in a closed, parked car. 
  • Stay sun-safe: Protect your skin by applying (and reapplying!) sunscreen and wearing a brimmed hat when outdoors. Avoid outdoor activities during midday heat, if possible. 
  • Stay informed: Check your local news for important health, safety, and weather updates. 
  • Stay together: Check on friends, family, and neighbors and have someone do the same for you.

Children, the elderly, and those with chronic, severe illnesses are most at risk for heat-related illness, but it is important for all of us to heed the warnings above. The CDC provides helpful resources in their “Media ToolKit” to pass along to your students and citizens in your community. Here are just a few of the tools you may find most helpful: 

Stay safe this summer and prevent heat-related illness! 

To learn more, visit the CDC website today


ECSI eNews-July 2014: Monthly Special

(Monthly Special from ECSI eNews: July 2014)

For the Month of July:

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Did You Know? 

There are many ways to stay safe while cooking outdoors this summer! Whether on the grill or around a campfire, keep your friends and family safe with these important tips from FEMA: 

To learn more, visit the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA website or the NFPA website today.



Have You Flipped Through Our 2014-2015 Training Catalog?

The 2014-2015 ECSI Training Catalog is chock full of our emergency care training programs as well as information about who we serve, how you can join, training material formats, and additional resources to help you reach your training goals!


Take a look for yourself today:

View the catalog on your computer or mobile device

Download and print a copy for your reference




ECSI Exhibits at the American Jail Association's 33rd Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo

ECSI is thrilled to be an exhibitor at the American Jail Association's 33rd Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo in Dallas, Texas, this week! Check out ECSI's own Denise Howard at ECSI booth 910 below!

Learn more about the American Jail Association conference.

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