Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heat Emergency

In high heat with high humidity it is easy to develop heat stroke.

There are several things you can do in times of high heat. Drink plenty of water; you can lose a whole pint of water in as little as twenty minutes. Drinking coffee or soda is not as good as drinking plain water or a sports drink. Keep most of your body covered and wear a hat to protect your head.

If officers have to work outside, directing traffic at an accident scene, holding a perimeter location at a crime scene, make certain they get plenty of breaks. Officers should break every thirty minutes if possible, and should have access to water. When setting up a perimeter try and place officers in the shade if possible.

Dispatchers should make more frequent checks of officers in single officer patrol cars. Nearly 200 Americans die of heat related causes every year, so extreme heat is a dangerous condition. Keep water in every vehicle both for drinking and to cool overheated persons. After a foot pursuit or fight, insure the officers and suspects are cooled down properly afterwards. Heat is a real danger, take caution and you will be fine; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I mentioned something about this yesterday on my blog...only I was addressing the issue of all that computer crap in the cruisers that packs up for the day and goes home, leaving an officer, all but deaf, dumb and blind on the streets.

Not to mention BATTERY problems in the cars, stranding them outright.

ANd to think in Ft. Wayne, we don't even HAVE motorcycle patrols any longer.

Excellent advice you present.

And I HAVE suffered from heat exhaustion...NOT a good thing, believe you me.

Once you get beyond that and start dehydrating with rising fever, it's a guaranteed trip to the E/R for IV fluids stat!

Roll safe & keep cool out there.

Bunkermeister said...

If it is hot and you stop sweating, get help. If you vomit, call for paramedics. Heat can kill.