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Public Information Notice 16-16

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

845 AM EDT Wed May 25 2016

 

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, Forecast Services Division

 

Subject:  "Don't Fry Day" Friday, May 27, 2016: Excessive Heat

          and Sun Safety Guidance for 2016 Season

 

Friday, May 27, 2016, has been declared national "Don't Fry Day"

by NWS and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

(NCSCP). NWS is taking part 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.

 

In addition, NWS is supporting the Federal Emergency Management

Agency's (FEMA) first ever Extreme Heat Week, May 22-28, as part

of its PrepareAthon. One of the week's activities includes a

White House webinar entitled, "Building Community Preparedness

to Extreme Heat." The webinar will be held May 26, 2 PM to 3:30

PM EDT. During the White House webinar, experts from federal and

local government, as well as other organizations, will share

information on the impacts of extreme heat. Also, the webinar

will focus on vulnerable populations such as children, athletes,

the elderly and outdoor workers. Experts will also highlight

actions that individuals, caregivers, public-health officials,

and emergency responders can take to prepare for extreme-heat

events. Registration information for this webinar briefing may

be accessed at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4711595715548871170.

 

A new interagency portal, the National Integrated Heat Health

Information System (NIHHIS), has been developed to provide a

one-stop-shop for access to federal government heat safety

information that can be used to reduce the health impacts of

extreme heat. NIHHIS was developed in collaboration with NOAA

and CDCP, and includes heat safety information from FEMA, OSHA

and several other agency partners. See http://climate.gov/nihhis

for more information.

 

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in this

country, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. Heat-related

death and illness are preventable. Yet heat claims more lives

most years than floods, lightning and tornadoes combined.

 

Skin cancer, which can develop from overexposure to ultraviolet

(UV) radiation, is the most common form of cancer in the United

States. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each

year in the United States, at an estimated annual cost of $8.1

billion. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes

even deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented.

 

Please see this link for some essential heat and UV resources

provided by NWS partners that provide information on how to

prevent adverse effects of excessive heat and UV exposure.

Please use these resources throughout this summer to help us

build a Weather-Ready Nation.

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/resources/dontfry.pdf

 

All of our partners offer the following heat wave and UV safety

tips to the public:

 

1. Slow down. Reduce, eliminated or reschedule strenuous work or

recreational activities until 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. Never leave children, pets, or the elderly unattended in a

parked vehicle, not even for a minute.

 

6. Take frequent breaks during work or play. When it's 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 30 or higher with broad

spectrum (both UVA and UVB rays) protection.

 

9. Seek shade whenever you can.

 

10. Know what the signs and symptoms of 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 groups

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

 

National Public Information Notices are online at:

 

  www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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