Even with the seasons changing, temperature related stress is still a very real risk for fall athletic teams in the Southwest. Most of the days in Southern California are still averaging around 85 degrees, and in places like Phoenix, the weather forecast predicts temperatures around 90 degrees through the end of October. These temperatures may be comfortable for most of us, but for the athlete they can cause heat stress in combination with higher heart rate and rising body temperature. On the opposite side of the country, some sports teams are already playing in the snow and face the risk of hypothermia.
Our products have been used for years to help keep people and animals cool and comfortable on days where the heat seems like it’s just too much to bear, but while browsing the web recently I saw some people were using them for another cause altogether: Fire Safety.
Bruce McElmurray, writing for motherearthnews.com, was looking for a way to keep his deck safe in the event of a forest fire. The deck was wooden and thus very flammable, which meant that if an ember landed on it, there was a good chance it would ignite, possibly burning the rest of the house down with it. He had considered sprinkler systems to keep the deck moist in the event of a nearby forest fire, but was worried they would run his well dry after hours or days of continuous use.