EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHeat-Related Emergencies Reported; Officials Advise Residents To Stay Cool
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Taisha Walker
Reported: Jul. 19, 2013 10:17 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 19, 2013 1:13 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
With 12-heat related emergency calls in the past week, Kanawha County Emergency Management and Metro 911 were urging residents to stay indoors, preferably in the air conditioning and out of the heat.
The high temperature on Friday was expected to be the coolest it has been recently at 90 degrees, but the heat index was expected to be 97 to 98 degrees. A heat advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Kanawha County and surrounding areas.
Cooling stations were set-up outside the south side of the KRT Transit Mall in downtown Charleston Friday afternoon. People were encouraged to get on the 70 degree air-conditioned bus and take a break from the heat while enjoying a cold bottle of water.
A new release from Metro 911 advised that if residents must be outdoors they should make every effort to stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight. The agencies are also advising residents to not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, even for a short period of time. If you have elderly relatives or neighbors check in on them during this period of extreme heat and notify Metro 911 or Kanawha County Emergency Management if they need assistance.
Officials said do not underestimate the seriousness of heat illness, especially if the person is a child, elderly or injured. The early symptoms of heat illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Further symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness/light-headedness, weakness, nausea/vomiting and dark urine.
If someone is suffering from any of these symptoms advise them to lie down in a cool place and elevate the individual’s feet. Also, you can apply cool, wet cloths to the person’s body and use a fan to lower the body temperature.
Call 911 if:
-- The person loses consciousness at any time.
-- There is any other change in the person’s alertness (seizures or confusion).
-- Other symptoms of heat stroke are present (rapid pulse or rapid breathing).
-- The person’s condition does not improve, or worsens despite treatment.
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