Tips for hot weather safety

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Central Pennsylvania is under a heat advisory. Tuesday afternoon is forecast to reach 92 degrees and feel like 100.

It’s going to be hot and potentially dangerous. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some tips for staying healthy from the CDC. 

  •      Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. 
  •      Drink water and fluids, even if you’re not thirsty
  •      Don’t use the stove or oven to cook because it will heat up the house
  •      Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  •      Wear sunscreen
  •      Take cool showers or baths to keep your body temperature down
  •      Never leave children or pets in cars
  •      If you’re  working out, do so in the early morning or later in the day 
  •      People at high risk, 65 and older and two and younger
  •      Check on your friends and neighbors

If you or someone you love is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cool place and call 911 if they start throwing up. Signs of heat exhaustion include cold, clammy skin, nausea with cramps, dizziness and a headache.

For signs of a heat stroke, call 911 right away. Signs to look for are a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, hot and damp skin, a fast pulse, dizziness, nausea, confusion and passing out. 
     
     

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