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Summer weather can be unpredictable in Alaska

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera | JBER Public Affairs | June 25, 2015

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — As the weather gets warm, service members and families are taking full advantage of the Alaskan summer.

The summer in Alaska can be unpredictable - this summer has been hotter than some other states - everybody must be mindful of the heat.

"In Alaska, we're used to dealing with very severe winter safety conditions," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Wes Wright, 673d Air Base Wing Staff Agency safety representative. "The summers are typically so nice it's easy to overlook some very real dangers that can come with an unseasonably warm summer."

While it may not be certain how high the temperature will get, everyone should take the appropriate precautions in the heat.

"It's important for people to take a moment and plan their summer activities with the heat in mind," Wright said.

"There are a lot of things you can do to mitigate heat risks, but it all starts with hydration."

The 673d Air Base Wing Safety Office extends these safety tips for those who are at risk for heat related illness:

Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty Rest in the shade to cool down Wear a heat dissipating and light-colored clothing Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency Remember these three simple words: water, rest, shade Some early symptoms of heat related illness are headaches, dizziness, weakness, confusion and nausea, so recognizing these heat stress symptoms will prevent heat casualty.

"Our Airmen's safety is integral to force readiness and mission success," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh in his "2015 Critical Days of Summer" memorandum.

"Airmen around the world live and work in challenging environments," he said. "Risk management must play a role in everything we do, both on and off duty.

In your daily Air Force duties, have a plan for every endeavor and execute it safely."
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