Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

I am sure you have felt the prolonged period of excessive heat combined with excessive humidity lately. Yep, it’s a heat wave, folks. The heat index has reached maximum capacity, it seems, making it almost too hot to swim.

When the thermometer rises, it can — and often does — create a multitude of problems. Anyone, given the right (or wrong) conditions, can get heat stress. Some are lucky enough to suffer only from heat cramps, while those who are less fortunate may be laid up by heat exhaustion or devastated by heat stroke.

As the long, hot days of summer are here, it is helpful to know the effects of warm weather on the human body, the illnesses that may result and what you can do.

Heat wave safety tips:

Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.

Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Protect pets, too. If your pet stays outdoors during extreme heat, make sure they have cold water and an area out of the sun where they can cool off.

Master Cattleman Program

Producers in the Florida Parishes are being invited to sign up for the LSU AgCenter’s Master Cattleman Program to be held in Tangipahoa Parish Aug. 11 through Oct. 13. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Tangipahoa LSU AgCenter’s Amite office, 305 E. Oak St., Amite.

The Master Cattleman Program is a 10-week series of classes designed to help beef producers increase their knowledge and profitability.

The deadline to register is Aug. 1. Contact Tangipahoa Parish LSU AgCenter Agent Whitney Wallace at (985) 748-9381 or wwallace@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.