Caution Urged As Heat Builds This Week
State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” as temperatures reach summertime highs this week. Heat can be dangerous to anyone, but especially so people with health conditions and pets.
Oneida County Public Health spokesperson Rob Deede says some easy tips are to slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals.
He says anyone can be susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. He says if someone is sweating or cramping or are hot to the touch and are flushed means get to the shade and drink plenty of water. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid alcohol or caffeine.
He says senior citizens and those with certain health conditions are especially vulnerable...
"....they may not recognize they're experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke until it's too late. Some symptoms include sweating, paleness, cramping, being red hot or flushed. You want to limit your outside exposure as much as possible. Get in the shade, get into air conditioning, drink lots of water..."
He says don't forget kids and pets...
"....you never want to leave a child or a pet in a parked car, even briefly, While it might be 90 degrees outside, it can be 30 to 40 degrees hotter inside that vehicle. Add 90 plus 30...it is very, very warm...." .
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 90's , with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range into the weekend.