New Heat Emergency App

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ODESSA - A new governmental app might help the public survive the scorching hot summer ahead.

The mixture of heat, rain, and humidity can be unpleasant and some experts said that it could affect your health if you’re not cautious.

“Several hundred people every year do die from heat emergencies,” said Marie Vasquez-Brooks, exercise scientist and associate dean at Odessa College.

The new app was introduced by the U.S. Department of Labor and is already changing the way people perceive heat emergencies.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration free app was initially developed for employers and their workers who spend long hours outdoors.

Physical therapist, Doctor Mikala Reznik, said on hot-humid summer days it might be good idea to use the app when outdoors.

“UV rays are high in the middle of the day,” Dr. Reznik said. “OSHA actually has a really handy app that helps us with that to see what our risks are depending on location.”

The app gives you the current heat index, precautions you can take and how to better protect yourself in the event of a heat emergency.

Brooks says this is not something people should take lightly. She said technology like this can help people be better prepared.

“So this app will actually show you the risks just based on where you are,” Brooks said. “So you have some idea if I am at risk and it reminds you to be cautious.”

The app gives you vital safety information, available whenever and wherever you need it. Right in the palm of your hand.

The OSHA Heat Tool app is available in English and Spanish for both Android and iPhone devices.

Experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in the event of an emergency.

For more information on how to get the app click the link. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html