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Heat Wave Prompts Warnings About Heat Stroke

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With the increase in heat and humidity this week everyone is urged to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness and injury.

As the mercury climbs through mid-week health officials say everyone needs to be on the alert for the signs of heatstroke.

The classic warning symptom of a heat stroke is a body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but other symptoms include fainting, dizziness and light-headedness, rapid pulse, painful muscle cramps and spasms, headache, lack of sweating despite the heat, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, dry, hot and red skin and behavioral changes including disorientation.

If you or anyone around you has any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. then place damp and cool clothes or towels on the person and have them lie down until medical assistance arrives.

Everyone is susceptible to heat stroke especially older people.

Avoid strenuous outdoor activities whenever possible. Try to get the yard work done in the morning or wait till sundown.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Stay well-hydrated drinking lots of water and avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.

Eat smaller meals more frequently. Eating small, protein rich meals throughout the day keeps your energy level stabilized.

Never leave children, adults or pets in a closed, parked vehicle. In the sun, closed car temperatures can rise from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes.

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