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Know the Signs
During hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged. When your body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, you may experience a heat-related illness. Learn the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Stay Safe in the Heat” open=”no” style=”default” icon=”plus” anchor=”” class=””]
Stay Safe in the Heat
Heat is typically the leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. Heat waves have the potential to cover a large area, exposing a high number of people to a hazardous combination of heat and humidity, which can be very taxing on the body. Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave at weather.gov/heat.
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Pool Safely is a national public education campaign to reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. The campaign was developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to carry out the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation mandating new requirements for public pools and spas.
CPSC is working to ensure drowning and entrapment prevention are important public safety priorities by raising awareness, promoting industry compliance and improving safety at pools and spas.
The Pool Safely campaign emphasizes an important and simple message: adding an extra safety step in and around the water can make all the difference. CPSC estimates that each year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools and spas and an additional 4,000 children that age go to hospital emergency rooms due to submersion injuries in pools and spas.
You can Pool Safely by adopting extra safety steps:
- Make sure kids learn to swim
- Properly fence all pools
- Always watch kids in and around the water
- Stay away from drains
- Know life-saving skills
Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)
Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is an index used to determining forest fire potential.
The drought index is based on a daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of 8-inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.
The drought index ranges from 0 to 800, where a drought index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.
For more information on the KBDI and current maps, visit Texas Weather Connection’s Keetch-Byram Drought Index page.
You can also view a TAMU interactive map allowing you to zoom in to Fort Bend County.