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High Temperatures Require Extra Care

Tuesday June 18, 2024

Water is generally the best choice for keeping the body hydrated and healthy.

With the high temperatures and heat index expected for the next few days, drinking enough fluids is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat-related illness. Water is generally the best choice for keeping the body hydrated and healthy. Water will almost always maintain hydration when working in the heat. You should also eat regular meals to replace the salt your body loses when sweating.

“During these first days of high heat, the area is expected to see an increase in the number of heat-related illness emergency room and doctor's visits. Proper planning and precautions against the heat can reduce your risk of heat-related illness,” says Dr. Karen Luparello, Medical Director.

You can reduce your risk for heat-related illness by:

Look before you lock to ensure small children are not in the back seat of your vehicle. The high heat can cause severe illness and death in a short period of time if children are left in a hot car. If you see a child left in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 and do whatever is needed to get the child from the vehicle until help arrives.

Protect pets and livestock by ensuring they have shelter from the sun, access to fresh food, and clean drinking water. Do not leave your pet in a vehicle. Like small children, they can also succumb to heat-related illness and death.

Be a good neighbor by checking on your most vulnerable family members and neighbors. Senior citizens, children, and those with disabilities are at higher risk of a heat-related illness.

The signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, skin that is cold, pale, clammy, a fast, weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle or abdominal cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and headache.  If you feel signs of heat exhaustion you should rest in a cool place, drink cool fluids, loosen clothing, and try cooling measures such as a cool damp cloth on the forehead and under your arm pits.

Heat stroke is a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.  The signs of heat stroke include still feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking fluids, not sweating even if you feel hot, you have a temperature of 104 or greater, difficulty breathing, confusion, loss of consciousness, or seizure. Contact 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms.

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