2018-07-05 / Community

Health department shares information in regard to hot weather emergencies

THE THUMB - Summer officially began on June 21, brining sunshine, friends, family and fun to Huron County. But, summer also includes days of extreme heat and the near forecast is calling for several exceptionally hot days. Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. It is important to know the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and be ready to give first aid treatment, if necessary.

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature will rise quickly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

If you see any of the warning signs of heat stroke, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency and you should have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim.

WHAT TO DO

• Get the victim to a shady area

• Cool the victim rapidly using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water.

• Monitor body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees F.

• If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.

• Do not give the victim fluids to drink

For more information on emergency preparedness, call Katie Alexander at the Huron County Health Department at 989-269-3313.

To read the entire article: “Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide” http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/ extremeheat/heat_guide-page-3.asp.

The article includes information on protecting yourself when temperatures are high, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash.

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