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With High Heat Comes Health Warnings, Residents Urged to Be Careful During Latest Heat Wave
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
With High Heat Comes Health Warnings, Residents Urged to Be Careful During Latest Heat Wave
It’s going to be hot and humid across Central New York today, residents especially those most susceptible to the heat are urged to take precautions.
 
Across the region temperatures are expected in the 90’s today with high humidity levels, making it feel as though temperatures are in the 100’s.
 
There is the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms later this evening, but those storms are expected to be north of Cortland County.
 
According to the American Red Cross there are a few ways to safely beat the heat:
 
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Eat small meals and eat more often.
 
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
 
Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
 
Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
 
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
 
Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
 
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, Move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. . If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition.
 
If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1.
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