I have been to the hottest place on earth, but thankfully not the week that record was set! This morning I visited the website for Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley and one of the tourist alerts says, “Travel prepared to survive.” Well, duh! However, the site also says that the main cause of death in Death Valley is single car accidents. Interesting.
It’s odd to sit here enjoying a brief spell of cooler weather when folks in the West are suffering through a killer heat wave. Can you feel guilt and gratitude at the same time? I suppose my interest is more than casual because I was not only born and raised in CA, but lived for a year in the high desert. I still have many friends and relatives out there and I am concerned for their safety. There have already been heat-related deaths where my daughter lives. And of course there are fires and other heat-related problems.
I’m sure our heat wave is due to arrive soon, and precautions are just as important for us as they are for those in the West. Stay out of the afternoon sun. Keep your body hydrated. Avoid alcohol. Watch for signs of heat-related problems, especially in the elderly, young children, and pets. Use sunscreen. Wear a hat. These are tried and true words of wisdom that have been uttered for generations and yet…every summer there are deaths that could have been avoided. There are people suffering needlessly from sunburns and dehydration. We hear, but we don’t listen.
So, as we begin a new week I urge you to be careful and stay safe.
Travel prepared to survive.