New Yorkers are being urged to take caution today as heat indexes throughout the state could hit as high as the mid 90s to 100 degrees. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton has issued a Heat Advisory until 8pm today for our area.
“Apparent temperatures in the triple digits are dangerous for vulnerable populations and those outside for extended periods of time. Take every precaution you can to stay safe these next few days and reconsider outdoor activities if you are sensitive to heat and humidity.” Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said
The best thing you can do to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke is to stay hydrated and stay cool, says the NWS.
Signs to watch out though for heat exhaustion include: dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, and general weakness. Things to do if you or someone is experiencing heat exhaustion is to move to a cooler area, loosen clothing, sip cool water, and to seek medical assistance if symptoms do not improve.
For the signs of a heat stroke, they include: confusion, dizziness, and unconsciousness. In the event someone is experiencing a heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and move them to a cool place, loosen clothing and remove extra layers, and cool with water or ice.
Someone having a heat stroke can lead to death or a permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given right away.