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Health Department Warns of Extreme Heat, Offers Safety Tips

Friday, June 29, 2018

Our area is expecting excessive heat and humidity Saturday, June 30-Monday July 2 with temperatures above 90 degrees.

These extreme temperatures can be dangerous to health. Take the following precautions:

  • 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.)
  • 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
  • Go to air-conditioned spaces such as a mall, library, or community center
  • Use caution with electric fans; they create air flow and a sense of comfort, but do not lower body temperature.

Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. Check out our Preparedness Page.

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 Health Department online, TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.