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Stay Safe in Hot Weather

Excessive Heat Warning

Living in the northeast, we have become accustomed to dealing with extreme temperature fluctuations. Our area will experience the first heatwave in years over the weekend. The heat index will be over 100 degrees in most areas. Below is information on how to prevent health complications due to heat-related illnesses.

What is a heat-related illness?  

There are two types of heat-related illness:

  • The first is heat exhaustion, a condition where the person may experience dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, fast heartbeat, nausea, vomiting weakness and cramps.
  • The second is heat stroke, an emergency situation with symptoms including red, hot, dry skin, high temperature, confusion, fainting and convulsions.

HEAT KILLS - Get help right away! Treatment?  

For heat exhaustion:

  • Move victim to a cool, shaded area and have the victim sit and rest.
  • Offer non-caffeinated beverages or sports drinks (ie. Gatorade).
  • Have victim rest until symptoms subside.
  • Seek further medical evaluation if the symptoms persist.

For heat stroke:

  • Call 911 or the local emergency response number.
  • Move victim from the heat to a cool area.
  • Do not put anything in the victim's mouth.

Tips to reduce the risk of heat-related illness:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Rest in the shade in a safe area.
  • Know the location in which you are working in case you need to call 911.
  • Watch out for each other when working in the heat.