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Safety officials warn of extreme heat dangers

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers to be careful out there over the next few days as high heat and high humidity cause extreme heat conditions.

The agency warns that heat illnesses and deaths are preventable.
  • You should drink plenty of water, even if you aren't thirsty.
  • You should take frequent breaks during outdoor activities and avoid activities during the hottest part of the day.
  • And try to stay indoors and limit your exposure to the sun.
  • You should also check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

According to the agency the hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.
Other symptoms may include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Someone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest and drink water or a sports drink (nothing carbonated). Cool, wet washcloths or ice packs will help with recovery. If there is no improvement, body temperature won’t go down, or the person won’t take fluids, go to the emergency room immediately or call 911.

For more extreme heat safety tips, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:25:27 AM

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