Summer Heat is Here!

With summer bringing the heat, everyone needs to know how to stay cool. Whether you’re in the best shape of your life, or you’ve been on 65+ trips around the sun. Here are a few helpful tips from the CDC on how to take care of yourself during a heat wave!

  • There were an estimated 7,415 deaths due to heat-related circumstances from 1999 to 2010.
  • The CDC states that these heat-related deaths are preventable, if you following these simple precautions.

You need to make sure to:

  1. Stay cool. Even if that means stopping what you are doing and finding a spot to cool off slowly. If you cool off to quickly, you could send your body into shock from a sudden temperature change.
  2. Remain hydrated with water or a sports drink that offers electrolytes. You will need to replace the electrolytes in your body to help cool off and reset your system.
  3. Stay informed with your areas weather and temperature forecast. If you know that it is going to be an extremely hot day, it would be best to  be prepared.
    • Have a cold non-alcoholic beverage handy.
    • Have a cool towel near to help your body cool off.
    • Try to stay in a shaded area, if at all possible.
  4. If you feel that you are going to be sick due to the heat, stop what you are doing and contact your doctor for help.

There are two main factors that have an effect on you when it comes to extreme heat:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

There are four main groups that are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses. It is best to monitor these groups of people when they are in your care:

  1. People who are of the age 65 or older.
  2. Children under the age of two years-old.
  3. People with a chronic disease.
  4. People with a mental illness.

Some simple questions to ask them, or make sure of for them are:

  • Are they drinking enough water?
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they need help keeping cool?

Some precautions for not only people at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, but anyone who will be in the extreme heat are:

  • Find an air-conditioned building. If your home is without air-conditioning, stay in public facilities as much as possible. If your vehicle has air-conditioner, use it as much as possible.
  • Do not only rely on a fan as your primary cooling option. A fan only distributes the hot air to keep it moving, and it is not a source of cool air.
  • Drink as much water as possible, not only when you feel thirsty.
  • Find a “Heat Wave Buddy”. Check in on your buddy, and have them check in on you. Use each other to make sure that you both make it through the extreme heat without a heat-related illness.
  • Try to keep from using the stove or oven in your house to cook. It will only cause you and your house to stay warmer, and not allow anything to cool off.

Even if you are young, healthy and in the best shape of your life, you still run a risk of suffering from a heat-related illness. If at all possible, try not to participate in strenuous physical activities during extreme heat.

  • Try to stay inside during midday when the temperature is the highest. If it is not possible for you to stay indoors, try to keep your physical activities to a minimum.
  • Make sure to have plenty of sunscreen handy, and also reapply as recommended.
  • When participating in activities, start slow. Gradually allow yourself to become accustomed to the heat before going full force into an activity.
  • Drink PLENTY of water / sports drinks throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty at the time. A lack of hydration can lead to muscle cramping, and that may be an early sign of a heat-related illness.
  • Make sure to dress appropriate for the activities you are participating in. Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light-colored.

If you play a summer sport, make sure to protect yourself and keep an eye on teammates. If possible:

  • Try to have practices or workouts during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning or later in the afternoon are better choices than midday.
  • Use the “Heat Wave Buddy” system between you and your teammates. Keep each other safe and in line with the safety precautions.
  • Make contact with a doctor or medical provider if you or a teammate has any symptoms of a heat-related illness.
  • There is a CDC course that can help you look for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Here are a few steps, from the CDC, that are good for any and everyone to keep in mind to keep safe in the extreme heat:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

 

The original article can be found here: CDC Extreme Heat Information

2015 Sharon Corn and Music Festival

2015 Sharon Corn and Music Festival
September 13 – 19, 2015

It’s that time again – Sharon Corn and Music Fest time!!!!
Check out the packed lineup of fun festival activities for the whole family:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Woodlawn Cemetery & Highland Cemetery Walks
Contact James Roberts 731-456-2185 or Jane Chandler 731-364-5511
Woodlawn Cemetery, Sharon TN
2:00 p.m.

4th Annual Harvest Festival
Food, Games, Fun for all ages at Corinth Baptist Church. Contact Tony Terrell for more info 514-4184
Corinth Baptist Church in Sharon, Tennessee
4:00 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Sharon Fire Department Spaghetti Supper
$7.00 Plate Children 5 and under eat free
Sharon Fire Department
6:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Shelton’s Fried Chicken & Fish Buffet Special
Shelton’s Fried Chicken & Fish Buffet Special Includes coffee/tea-4pm-7:00p.m $6.99
Shelton’s in Sharon, Tennessee
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bingo!
BINGO –Adult (18 & up) 7:00 p.m. Located inside the Sharon Fire Station. $5.00 to play (2) $25 Door Prizes Must Be Present to Win
Children’s Bingo FREE (17 & under) 7:00 p.m. and (2) $10 Door Prizes – Must Be Present to Win
Sharon Fire Station
7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

What’s It Worth?
Located at Sharon Fire Station. Dennis Doster, Donald Doster and David Tuck. Limit 3 items
Sharon, Tennessee 38255
10:00 a.m.

Sharon Park & Recreation Hamburger/Hot Dog Sack Lunch
Sharon Park & Recreation Hamburger/Hot Dog Sack Lunch $5.00 Sponsored by Southern Chop Shop. Located by Sharon Fire Station. Will deliver only on advanced orders.
Sharon Fire Station
10:30 a.m.

BBQ Supper
$7.00 a plate. Located at Sharon Fire Station. All proceeds to Sharon Corn & Music Festival.
Sharon Fire Station
5:00 p.m.

Gospel Singing
Located at Sharon Fire Station, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music. If you would like to participate, contact James Wiseman 731-699-0399 or Dale Witherington 731-613-5221
Sharon Fire Station
7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

Health Fair
Health Fair 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Located at Fire Station. Door Prizes Local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education. Contact: William Witherington at 514-4059
Sharon Fire Station
9:00 a.m.

Ham & Bean Supper
Ham & Bean Supper –  $6.00 for adults, children 5yrs and under eat FREE
Located at the Sharon Senior Center.
Dessert Auction will be held at 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Shirley 456-2213 and (2) $25.00 Door Prizes
Sharon Senior Center in Sharon, Tennessee
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Trivia Night
(8 PEOPLE MAX. PER TABLE) $5.00 entry fee per person. Located inside the Sharon Fire Station. (2) -$25.00 Door Prize Must Be Present to win.  MC’s for the night will be William Witherington, Roger Johnson and Bill Bostwick
Sharon Fire Station
7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Men’s Ping Pong Tournament
Men’s Ping Pong Tournament- 8:30 a.m.  Sharon Senior Center Contact: Shirley at 456-2213
Sharon Senior Center in Sharon, Tennessee
8:30 a.m.

Horse Shoe Tournament
Horse Shoe Tournament- Sharon Senior Center Contact: Shirley at 456-2213
Sharon Senior Center in Sharon, Tennessee
1:00 p.m.

Sharon Park & Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout
Sharon Fire Station
4:00 p.m.

Chris Hamlett
Enjoy the sounds of Folk Musician Chris Hamlett located downtown on S. Hollis Street
Sharon, Tennessee in Sharon, Tennessee
5:30 p.m.

Corn Recipe Contest
Sharon Fire Station
5:45 p.m.

Q & A Session
Sounds of Quint and Amanda Spraggs –  Located downtown on S. Hollis Street
Put on your “dancing shoes” or just bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the “sounds”.
2 – $25.00 Door Prizes to be given away, must be present to win!!
S. Hollis Street in Sharon, TN
6:00 p.m.

Aaron’s Game Truck
Located between the Sharon Fire Station and Sharon Hardware Store
Sharon, Tennessee
6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

Craft/Flea Market
Sharon, TN
Craft/Flea Market – FREE SETUP in the Simmons Bank Parking Lot
Contact: Xanthia 703-0073 for more info
9:00 a.m.

Sharon Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast
Sharon, Tennessee
Sharon Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast-7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. $5.00 Children 5 and under eat free. Located at the church 2-$25.00 Door Prizes, you do not have to be present to win.
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Car Show
Shelton’s in Sharon, Tennessee
Car Show located at Shelton’s Restaurant. Registration starts at 8am. Prizes, music, food and fun. Contact Jim Shelton 731-234-2084 for more info. Additional 2-$25 gift cards to be given away.
8:00 a.m.

TN Child Identification Program
Sharon Fire Station
TN CHIP Kits will be provided to children 1 day-18yrs. These kits have proven to be extremely instrumental in locating missing/abducted children. These kits are FREE. Located inside the Sharon Fire Station.
9:00 a.m.

12th Annual Antique Tractor Show
Sharon, Tennessee
“In Memory of Joey Frazier” and located beside railroad tracks. Contact: Diane Kendall 731-514-9808
9:00 a.m.

Grilled Chicken Plate
Sharon, Tennessee
Grilled Chicken Plate with trimmings $8.00 a plate – located at Fire Station
10:00 a.m.

Sharon Park & Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout
Sharon Fire Station
10:00 a.m.

Sharon Corn & Music Festival Parade
Sharon Corn & Music Festival Parade 11:00 a.m. NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED
Contact: April Baker-514-6189
Sharon, Tennessee
11:00 a.m.

Bouncers
Free For Kids -12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Located downtown on S. Hollis Street
Sharon, Tennessee
12:00 p.m.

Pet Show
Pet Show will be held at the corner of S. Front and Mill Street. No entry fee!!! Sponsored by County Pet Resort and Spa and Veterinary Home Healthcare Debbie Reynolds, DVM
Sharon, Tennessee 38255
12:00 p.m.

Cake Walk
Located on S. Hollis Street. Sponsored by Progress and Growth Committee 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Sharon, Tennessee
12:30 p.m.

Molly’s Ark Petting Zoo
Located at the corner of S. Front and Mill Street
Sharon, Tennessee
2:00 p.m.

Laser Tag
Hey kids check it out!!! Gamez on Wheelz Laser Tag Located beside the Railroad Tracks
Sharon, Tennessee 38255
4:30 p.m.

Gamez on Wheelz
Hey kids!!!! Come check out what has rolled into town! Located beside the Railroad Tracks (where the tractor show was held)
Sharon, Tennessee 38255
4:30 p.m.

Fun Run/5K Run
Entry fee $20.00 – Starting place Sharon United Methodist Church.
Contact Todd Maxey 514-6401
Sharon, Tennessee
6:00 p.m.

David Johnson Chorus
Located in the Sharon School Gym. No charge, donations greatly appreciated 2-$25 Door Prizes to be given away. Must be present to win!
Sharon School Gym in Sharon, Tennessee
6:00 p.m.