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Health Department Warns of Extreme Heat – Safety Tips

Monday, June 18, 2018

A heat advisory is in effect for our area today with temperatures ranging from 95-100 degrees. These extreme temperatures can be dangerous to health.

“Heat stroke and other heat – related illnesses can cause serious health problems,” cautions Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director, “especially for the elderly, infants and young children, people with respiratory ailments or chronic medical conditions and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. It is important to take precautions.”

  • Drink plenty of water – 2 to 4 glasses per hour
  • Limit strenuous outdoor activities, apply sunscreen if you must be outside (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Know the signs of heat illnesses/heat stroke
  • Check on the elderly, neighbors with young children, and those with special needs
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles
  • Go to air-conditioned spaces such as a mall or library

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke 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. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses here: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html.

For more information: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/summer/heat.

Call the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6600 or visit the Department’s website: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health. Follow the Health Department on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth/ and Twitter: @TompkinsHealth.