Record breaking hot temperatures have been blanketing the entire United States this week and as this occurs health experts are advising individuals to take the necessary precautions to avoid the major health risks associated with exposure to high temperatures and dense humidity.
With it being mid summer now the heat waves are continuing to strike, although it may only be in the 80s and 90s for some states it is important that people factor in the heat index where humidity is concerned. This means that if the humidity is very high it could very well feel as if the weather is reaching temperatures up into the 100s.
The National Weather Service and health experts are advising everyone, especially the elderly, those with health conditions, and others that are prone to have magnified heat-related illnesses to use caution when exposed to these record breaking temps.
Too much exposure to long periods of heat can cause an array of problems for people including, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and even death. To avoid these types of health issues it is important that everyone take the necessary precautions to stay cool and healthy. Health experts are also encouraging the public to:
- Check on elderly people, relatives, friends, and neighbors
- Visit local cool-down shelters that offer air-conditioned spaces to avoid heat
- Stay in the shade if outside
- Make sure that you stay hydrated when exposed to heat and hot weather
- Make sure that pets are also cool. hydrated, and out of the sun’s exposure (including left in hot cars)
Already hospitals and emergency rooms across America are reporting that they have been treating more cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke along with many individuals who have become dehydrated from lack of fluid intake.
It is important that is you begin to notice any symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, extreme nausea, headaches, fatigue, pale face, cool but moist skin to touch, extra flushed skin, high body temperatures after exposure to heat, shallow breathing, rapid pulse, and unresponsiveness that you seek medical attention right away.