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Heat Safety Stressed As Temperatures Rise

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Reported: Jun. 16, 2014 3:03 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 16, 2014 3:36 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

With temperatures hitting in the 90s, the region is in for a scorcher of a week.

The temperatures will really heat up as the days turn into the afternoon, prompting many people to head to a local swimming pool. While it can be fun to take a dip in the water on those warm days, the high temperatures also can be deadly.

About 175 Americans die from extreme heat each year. The most likely victims are young children, elderly people and those who are sick or overweight. Staying hydrated is essential to help prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke; both can be deadly. Symptoms include sweating, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. In more severe cases, even seizures and unconsciousness.

If you see someone with these symptoms, have the person lie down in a cool place and elevate his feet. Apply cool wet cloths to the person's skin and have him sip slowly on water. If symptoms get worse, call 911.

Caffeine should be avoided for these health issues.

One local resident has a strategy for dealing with the heat.

“Sunscreen and packed a cooler with water in it,” Candance Jones of Charleston said. “Because the humidity and heat it's just ridiculous.”

It is also important to bring your pets inside, or at least make sure they have plenty of water.



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