Waltham, MA (PRWEB) August 04, 2011
With the very real hazards of summertime activities like pre-season high school football practice, this season’s hot and deadly weather poses a compelling story about weather, personal health, local youth sports, and public health policy rolled into one. Extech is assisting reporters with measurement tools such as the HeatWatch HW30 for accurate and complete reporting.
To drive that point home, many local and national field reporters are using digital temperature measurement devices to visually depict how hot the weather is. For example, point-and-shoot infrared thermometers show how hot the asphalt or a building wall is. But as your meteorologist colleagues will say, the story does not end with high temperatures. Instead, the real story is the record heat index levels we are experiencing.
Heat Index actually shows how hot the weather feels to humans, by factoring in humidity levels which can affect our ability to perspire, and our critical ability to cool down.
Extech announces the following suggested guidelines for more accurate reporting:
Guidelines for Heat Index Reporting:
Extech Instruments is assisting journalists with a handheld tool that permits on-the-spot heat index calculations: Our HeatWatch™ looks like an ordinary stopwatch but also displays real-time heat-index readings.
Our HeatWatch is helping protect the lives of high school and college athletes around the country. With a heat index alarm that alerts staff to dangerous conditions, it is fast becoming standard-issue safety equipment. Coaches are adopting them as a key part of complying with 2009 National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) 2009 guidelines for “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization” to monitor against heatstroke.
It’s a device that is affordable for athletics budgets ($45 ea.) and can offer life-saving checks and balances against “tough-guy” attitudes among coaches who might be inclined to keep practicing in dangerous weather.
The HeatWatch is a Must-Have for Coaches and Trainers:
Recommended by the National Health & Wellness Club, the exclusive Extech HeatWatch continues to receive high praise in health and wellness product tests. Customers from a variety of athletic backgrounds comment about the HW30, referring to the prevention of heat stroke and other medical problems. In addition to high school student athletes, the HeatWatch can be a lifesaver by alerting the runners, cyclists, and any team sport players. One customer commented, “Every coach and trainer should have one—many deaths can be prevented.” The HeatWatch is also suitable for outdoor workers such as landscapers, arborists, farmers, construction workers, flag persons, and others.
About Extech Instruments
Extech Instruments is recognized as the source for the best handheld test and measurement tools worldwide. Founded in 1971, Extech is known for its depth and breadth of innovative testers and meters suited for electrical, HVAC, building/restoration, as well as a host of environmental testers for measurement of sound, light, humidity and other factors. All Extech meters are distributed worldwide through leading representatives, distributors and OEMs. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA and is ISO 9001 2000 certified. Extech is a wholly owned subsidiary of FLIR Systems, Inc.