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Extreme Heat and Humidity Through Tomorrow. A Precautionary Statement from the Department of Emergency Response

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Extreme Heat and Humidity Through Tomorrow. A Precautionary Statement from the Department of Emergency Response

Friday, July 19, 2019

Our area is expecting high temperatures and high humidity throughout the day today and tomorrow, July 20, with temperatures potentially reaching 100 degrees and a heat index of over 105 degrees. 

We are urging all residents – especially those who are at high risk for health problems – to stay indoors as much as possible and limit activity and sun exposure. 

  • Drink plenty of water – 2 to 4 glasses per hour
  • Limit strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Go to air-conditioned public spaces such as a mall, library, movie theater, or community center
  • Prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen if you must be outside (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks that cause dehydration
  • Take a cool shower or go swimming
  • Wear a ventilated hat, such as straw or mesh
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles
  • Use caution with electric fans; they create air flow and a sense of comfort, but do not lower body temperature.
  • Protect your pets, keep them inside with air conditioning or fans and make sure they have plenty of water. 
  • Prepare for temporary power outages ahead of time by assembling essential supplies such as flashlights, batteries, bottled water and food. 

Know the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses:

Heat stroke is most serious. Signs and symptoms include an extremely high body temperature above 103 degrees; hot, dry, red skin; rapid pulse; loss of alertness; confusion; rapid and shallow breathing and unconsciousness. Call 911 immediately and cool the person quickly.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat related illness and is characterized by heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, cool clammy skin, fainting. Move the person to a cool place, loosen clothes and apply cool, wet cloths.

If you see someone showing these symptoms, move the person to a cool place, loosen their clothes and apply cool, wet cloths.

Additional links:

Visit the Department of Emergency Response online,tompkinscountyny.gov/doer  . Follow us on Facebook @tcemergencyresponse and Twitter @TompkinsDoER.

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