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July 7, 2010

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JULY 7, 2010 Arizona is one of the hottest places on earth from June to September. Heat related illnesses are com- mon during the summer in Arizona. Year after year nearly 800 people are admitted to hospitals because of heat related illnesses. Heat related illnesses could even be fatal. • Avoid strenuous activity on hot days • Limit activities to the coolest part of the day (4:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.) • Rest often in shade • If active between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. drink at least one quart of water every hour • Stay in air conditioned areas, if possible • If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, away from sunshine, and go to a publicly air conditioned area during the hottest part of the day • Have a buddy system where relatives, neighbors, or friends check on each other • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing • Drink plenty of water often to help your body stay cool • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which worsen the effects heat has on your body • Never leave an infant, child or pet unattended in parked vehicles • Eat small meals often • Avoid foods that are high in protein or salt • Avoid using illicit drugs (such as cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines) If your heart begins to pound, or if you become light-headed, confused, weak or faint, STOP ALL ACTIVITY!! GET ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY!! CALL 9-1-1- !! Your body keeps itself cool by letting heat escape through the skin, and by evaporating sweat (perspi- ration). If your body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, you might suffer from a heat-re- lated illness. YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO QUARTZSITE! IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO AL’S Famous Gourmet Pizza Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials! AIR CONDITIONED! KARAOKE open all summer! Fri & Sat @7pm 2 HAPPY HOURS: 10am-noon & 3:30pm-5:30pm Kitchen Open 10am-10pm $1 DRAFT 175 E. Main St. 928-927-5585 Serving Quartsite at Same Location for over 20 years! MEXICAN AND AMERICAN FOOD Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner 1099 W. MAIN ST. Quartzsite DAILY SPECIALS! CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED! X BIG SCREEN TVS! MARGARITAS - PINA COLADAS - BEER Friday - Fish & Chips Open 7am - 8pm Daily Take Out Orders: 928-927-6282 B-10, Main St. 928-927-8890 D����� M�������� Protecting yourself from Arizona heat! Those at greatest risk are children under 4, adults over 65, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications. Heat-related illness may be serious or even deadly if unattended. Staying healthy during the summer is easier if you take the time to protect yourself by making sure you are drinking enough water and limiting your expo- sure to the heat. • Thirst: By the time your body tells you that you are thirsty you are already mildly dehydrated. • Heat cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. They usually involve the abdominal muscles or the legs. The loss of water and salt from heavy sweating causes the cramps. • Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is less danger- Anyone can be susceptible to heat-related illness. P��� 15 ous than heat stroke. It typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a warm, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Fluid loss causes blood flow to decrease in the vital organs, resulting in a form of shock. With heat ex- haustion, sweat does not evaporate as it should, pos- sibly because of high humidity or too many layers of clothing. As a result, the body is not cooled properly. Signals include cool, moist, pale, flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; diz- ziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal. • Heat Stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke is life-threatening. The victim’s temperature con- trol system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body tempera- ture can be very high--sometimes as high as 105o F. Call 9-1-1 for assistance! Don’t wait! 60 W. MAIN ST. Quartzsite The Bright RED Building next to Shell BREAKFAST & LUNCH OPEN 8 - 2 (CLOSED TUES. & WED.) Best Bread Pudding West of the Mississippi Homemade Soup by the quart! 928-927-9071 MOUNTAIN - Daily Specials! - Homecooked Food! - Saturday Night Prime Rib! CALL IN FOR TAKE OUT! QUAIL CAFE Open All Summer! Closed Monday 7am -7pm 490 N. Moon Mt. Rd., Quartzsite (corner of Moon Mt. & Quail Trail) EASY TO FIND: Quail Trail N Moon Mountain Rd. Hwy. 95, N. Central

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