Saline County Health Department reminds the public to protect themselves in hot summer temperatures. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. During hot weather health emergencies, keep informed by listening to local weather and news channels. Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun, or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Know the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and be ready to give first aid treatment.
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. When temperatures soar close to 100°F, with excessive humidity leaving you sweltering and sticky, you should be careful to protect both yourself and your loved ones from falling ill due to the heat.
Tips to prevent heat-related Illness
- Spend more time indoors, if a home is not air-conditioned , spend time in public facilities that are air-conditionedDrink plenty of water.
- Drink water even if you are not thirsty
- Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
- Wear loose light colored clothing and sunscreen
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully; try to schedule activities early in the day or later in the evening
- Limit outdoor activities; take frequent breaks to cool off
- Monitor people at high risk (elderly, children, pets, etc.)
- Eat light meals
- Check on your neighbors and relatives.
Individuals at high risk for heat-related Illness
People who are at highest risk are the elderly, people taking certain medications, the very young, and people with mental illnesses and chronic diseases. Check on family, friends, and neighbors without air conditioning, including the elderly who are more vulnerable to falling ill due to the heat. Never leave your child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down. Ensure your pets have free access to fresh drinking water and are not suffering due to the heat.
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