Heat Awareness Quiz

Yesterday was Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin.  Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

What is your heat awareness score?  Take this quiz to find out.

Heat Awareness Quiz

Question 1
What color clothing is best for keeping the heat off?
A
Black
Hint:
Dark colors absorb heat and make you warmer.
B
Red
Hint:
Dark colors absorb heat and make you warmer.
C
Green
Hint:
Dark colors absorb heat and make you warmer.
D
White
Question 1 Explanation: 
Lighter colored clothing is best for hot weather.
Question 2
Which of these is not true of keeping yourself hydrated?
A
You shouldn't force yourself to drink water if you're not thirsty.
B
Avoid sodas, because they can dehydrate you.
C
Juice is acceptable as a means of rehydrating.
D
You should avoid alcohol in hot weather.
Question 2 Explanation: 
Sometimes while engaging in activities in hot weather you may nor notice that you are getting thirsty. This can lead to dehydration. In hot weather remember to drink water regularly to avoid dehydration.
Question 3
Which of these will assure child or pet safety in a parked car?
A
Crack the window
Hint:
Are you sure you should be leaving your child or pet in a parked car in the heat?
B
Leave the air conditioner on
Hint:
Are you sure you should be leaving your child or pet in a parked car in the heat?
C
Park in a shady place.
Hint:
Are you sure you should be leaving your child or pet in a parked car in the heat?
D
None -- never leave children or pets in a parked car in the heat.
Question 4
Which of these is not a sure way to cut down your risk of sunburn?
A
Wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen
Hint:
Sunscreen is a good way to block harmful rays from the sun and cut down on risk of sunburn.
B
Wear long sleeves
Hint:
Long sleeves do a good job of blocking the suns rays
C
Stay in breezy areas
Hint:
That's right! A breeze does not reduce the intensity of the sun's rays.
D
Avoid going out between 10 AM and 4 PM
Hint:
The sun is more intense during this period
Question 5
During the past 10 years, which weather event on average causes the most fatalities?
A
Lightning
Hint:
Lightning is dangerous, however it claims an average of 33 lives per year.
B
Tornadoes
Hint:
You want to take cover during a tornado warning, however tornadoes claim an average of 109 lives per year.
C
Heat
D
Flooding
Hint:
Flooding is dangerous however it claims an average of 75 lives per year.
Question 5 Explanation: 
Heat is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities with an average of 123 per year. Tornadoes are the #2 killer with 109 fatalities per year. #3 is flooding with 75 followed by lighting with an average of 33.
Question 6
In hot weather, you should avoid eating food high in ...
A
Carbohydrates
Hint:
Foods which contain carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables are good choices for hot weather. They are easy to digest have a higher liquid content.
B
Sugars
Hint:
Sugars are easier to digest, which keeps the body from heating up.
C
Proteins
D
Fats
Hint:
Fats have less of an impact on the process of body heating from digestion, a process known as thermogenesis.
Question 6 Explanation: 
Foods which are high in protein increase metabolic heat production and also increase water loss. In fact, it can take anywhere from 50 to 100% more energy to break down protein compared to carbohydrates.
Question 7
If you don't have air conditioning in your home, in what part of the house should you spend most of your time?
A
On the lowest floor
Hint:
Since heat rises, the lowest floor is a good choice.
B
In the middle
Hint:
Heat rises, so there might be another part of the house that stays cooler.
C
On the top floor
Hint:
Heat rises, so there might be another part of the house that stays cooler.
D
It doesn't matter, all parts of the house will be the same
Hint:
Heat rises, so there might be a part of the house that stays cooler.
Question 7 Explanation: 
Since heat has a tendency to rise, the lowest floor of the house will remain cooler. Of course, sometimes it doesn't stay cool enough. In this case consider finding a place that has air conditioning like a public library.
Question 8
Which of the following things is NOT a symptom of dehydration?
A
Dizziness
Hint:
This could be a sign of dehydration.
B
Profuse sweating or perspiration
Hint:
This is NOT a sign of dehydration
C
Pounding heartbeat
Hint:
This could be a sign of dehydration.
D
Confusion
Hint:
This could be a sign of dehydration.
Question 8 Explanation: 
Sweating is actually a good sign. It means your body has enough fluid resources to cool itself (it also means you need to drink more) – it’s when you DON’T sweat in very warm weather that you should worry.
Question 9
If you are going to go for a walk, run, or do any kind of exercise when it’s hot outside, what is the best strategy for staying hydrated?
A
Drink lots of liquids before you go out
Hint:
That's a good start.....
B
Drink lots of fluids when you come back inside
Hint:
That's a good finish....
C
Drink only when you feel thirsty
Hint:
You don't want to wait too long...
D
Bring fluids with you and drink at regular intervals before, during and after your activity
Hint:
Stay hydrated!
Question 9 Explanation: 
Drinking regularly during hot weather is the best strategy, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Sometimes activities can be distracting and keep you from noticing you’re thirsty, so establishing a time when you will drink is the best way to stay properly hydrated.
Question 10
A
True
Hint:
That's right!
B
False
Hint:
Sometimes it's not the heat, it's the humidity and other things.
Question 10 Explanation: 
Even when temperatures are not extremely high, humidity, sun exposure, exercise, and inadequate water intake can each increase the risk and help trigger heat exhaustion. For example, if the humidity is 80 percent and you're out in direct sunlight, 85 degrees F (29 degrees C) feels like nearly 110 F (43 degrees C) . Exercising or drinking too little water can turn up the heat even further.
There are 10 questions to complete.

 

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