Stay Cool, Avoid Strenuous Activities and Check on Older Relatives, Neighbors
HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- With very hot temperatures and high humidity forecast for much of Pennsylvania in the coming days, the Department of Health is again urging residents - and particularly older adults - to take steps that can help them
Although many of the heat-related deaths reported in recent weeks involved older adults, people of any age can experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. At greatest risk of illness are people over 65, infants and young children, and those with heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, or chronic conditions.
Heat stroke, which can be fatal, occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature due to overheating and, in turn, loses the ability to sweat. Symptoms include a body temperature above 103° F; red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness. If someone is experiencing heat stroke, call for emergency medical assistance and try to cool the person off in a shady place.
Heat exhaustion occurs after sun exposure or inadequate replenishing of fluids after spending time outside. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If you experience these symptoms, immediately cool off, rest and drink water. If not treated, heat exhaustion may advance to heat stroke.
Other tips for remaining safe in very hot weather include:
During heat waves, many communities and organizations such as senior centers set up "cooling stations" offering residents shelter from the heat. Contact your local government for information on cooling station locations.
For more information on hot weather safety, visit www.health.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Holli Senior, 717-787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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