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Heat related illnesses & prevention measures

Many locations near us are in Excessive Heat Advisories.  So, far we are not in one, but will likely be in one next week as the upper ridge of high pressure centers itself over us and actual daytime temperatures reach 100+ degrees and the Temp Hum Indexes reach 105 to 110 and higher.


Below are a couple of internet sites to assist with heat related illness recognition and what to do.Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn't enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness.


Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, replenishing salt and minerals, and limiting time in the heat can help. Be sure to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat, take plenty of breaks, force water, and try to limit your outside activity to earlier or later times of the day rather than in the heat of the day.


Heat-related illnesses include:   

   - Heatstroke - a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness. This is a site that can give you details on who is at risk, how to recognize, and how to \treat a victim of heat stroke. Heatstroke, First Aid: Condition, Treatment and Pictures - First Aid Guide | skinsight   

   - Heat exhaustion - an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse. A good site to visit to learn how to avoid, recognize and treat heat exhaustion.
   - Heat cramps - muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
   - Heat rash - skin irritation from excessive sweating
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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