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Public Information Notice

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1100 AM EDT Wed May 21 2014

 

To:†††††† Subscribers:

††††††††† -Family of Services

††††††††† -NOAA Weather Wire Service

††††††††† -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

††††††††† -NOAAPORT

††††††††† -Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

 

From:†††† Eli Jacks

††††††††† Chief, Fire and Public Weather Services Branch

 

Subject:"Donít Fry Day," May 23, 2014: Excessive Heat and Sun

†††††††† Safety Guidance for 2014 Season

 

This Friday, May 23, 2014, has been declared national "Donít Fry

Day" by NWS and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

(NCSCP). NWS is partnering again this year with the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health

Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC), and the NCSCP to promote sun-safe behaviors.

 

Heat and UV radiation are silent killers that claim more lives

most years than floods, lightning and tornadoes combined. During

the summer of 2013 the Midwest endured a heat wave from late

August to early September during which 328 weather stations tied

or broke all-time daily high temperatures records. Heat is one of

the leading weather-related killers in this country, resulting in

hundreds of deaths per year.

 

Skin cancer, which can develop from overexposure to UV radiation,

is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each

year, doctors diagnose more than 3.5 million new cases of skin

cancers in more than 2.2 million people. Skin cancer is

preventable. The first steps are to know how to access the

current heat and UV radiation (UV Index) forecasts, and to know

how to use them. Below are some essential heat and UV resources.

 

NWS provides heat-related Watch, Warning, and Advisory products

to warn the public about excessive heat events on its homepage:

 

www.weather.gov

 

This year NWS is launching a new Beat the Heat campaign,

beginning with this partnered Donít Fry Day awareness message,

and extending throughout this summer. The Beat the Heat campaign

will include a new outreach web page with links to posters,

social media posts, and educational resources. These materials

provide useful information on the dangers of extreme heat

exposure and tips for staying safe in the summer heat and sun.

Stay tuned by visiting our weather safety website and look for

the Heat icon at:

 

www.weather.gov/safety

 

and the NOAAWatch Website:

 

www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php

 

NWS provides an experimental national forecast map showing

elevated and alert UV levels for mid-day:

 

www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/uv_index/uv_alert.shtml

 

EPAís website offers hourly UV Index updates and sun safety tips:

 

www2.epa.gov/sunwise

 

At the EPAís Sunwise Website, you can access your local UV Index

by ZIP code and signup to receive automated UV Alerts via email.

You also can download the UV Index as a smart phone app that

showcases winning posters from the Sunwise with Shade poster

contest.

 

www.epa.gov/enviro/mobile/

 

Communities can access the EPAís Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

developed in collaboration with the NWS, CDC and the Department

of Homeland Security. The Guide offers heat mitigation plans.

 

www.epa.gov/heatisland/about/heatguidebook.html

 

OSHA is again conducting a nationwide campaign to educate workers

and employers about the hazards of working in the heat and steps

needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. Since the campaign

began in 2011, OSHA has reached more than 10.7 million workers in

the United States on this vital issue.

 

This summer, OSHA hopes to reach even more people with its

simple, life-saving message "Water. Rest. Shade." OSHA has

significantly increased outreach to workers with limited English

proficiency with resources targeted to this audience. OSHAís

heat-related publications, including fact sheets, training

guides, community posters, quick cards, and a heat app, are

available in English and Spanish. For the latest information on

the 2014 campaign, go to:

 

www.osha.gov/heat

 

NWS is working with OSHA to protect outdoor workers and educate

employers during excessive heat events. NWS will continue

including specific outdoor worker safety precautions in its Heat

Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings.

 

CDC leads the effort to reduce illness and death caused by skin

cancer through education, surveillance, and research efforts.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United

States. The majority of skin cancers cases can be traced to UV

radiation. You can reduce skin cancer risk by staying in the

shade, wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with broad

spectrum (UVA and UVB rays) protection and Sun Protection Factor

(SPF) 15 or higher, and by avoiding tanning beds. Information on

skin cancer statistics, prevention, and CDCís skin cancer

initiatives is available at:

 

www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/

 

NCSCP represents the nationís premier skin cancer organizations,

researchers, clinicians, and advocates for the prevention of

melanoma and skin cancer. These 40 national organizations include

the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Cancer Society,

the Melanoma Research Foundation, and the Skin Cancer Foundation

as well as federal agency partners and many other foundations and

associations devoted to skin cancer prevention. Specific tips on

preventing skin cancer as well as more than 35 "Donít Fry Day"

resources, including media guides, posters, graphics, and an

Action Kit for Meteorologists are available at the National

Councilís Website:

 

www.skincancerprevention.org

 

The partners offer the following heat wave and UV safety tips to

the public:

 

1.Slow down. Strenuous work or recreational activities should

be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the

day.

 

2.Get acclimated. Gradually increase outdoor work and

recreational activities so your body adjusts to hot conditions.

 

3.Dress in lightweight clothing, and wear UV-blocking

sunglasses and a hat with at least a 2 to 3-inch brim all around.

 

4.Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids.Avoid

drinking alcoholic beverages.

 

5.Do not take salt tablets unless directed by a physician.

 

6.Take frequent breaks during work or play. When itís really

hot, spend more time in air-conditioned places or seek shade

outside, especially during midday hours.

 

7.Check the UV Index when planning outdoor activities to

prevent overexposure to the sun. Avoid sunburns and intentional

tanning.

 

8.Generously apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher with broad

spectrum (both UVA and UVB rays) protection.

 

9. Seek shade whenever you can.

 

10. Know what the signs and symptoms or heat illness are. Check

on workers, particularly those wearing protective suits.

 

Elderly persons, small children, chronic invalids, those on

certain medications or drugs, outdoor workers, persons with

weight and alcohol problems and caretakers for these people

should pay close attention to the above tips, particularly during

heat waves in areas where excessive heat is rare.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jannie G. Ferrell

jannie.g.ferrell@noaa.gov

301-713-1867 ext. 135

 

National Public Information Notices are online at:

 

www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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