Heat Related Weather Awareness and Warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness

This information was provided by Crook County Health and Human Services.

Crook County Public Health & Human Services Department wants to increase awareness and remind everyone about heat related events in and around our county.  The weather forecast indicates the temperatures will be in or near the 90’s and above over the next couple of weeks.  According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s Thursday and Friday around Central Oregon, and above 100 in parts of eastern and southern Oregon.

 

During times of extreme heat we encourage everyone to check in on anyone you know that may be sensitive to the heat, which includes anyone who may be medically compromised, anyone homebound, the elderly, youth of all ages, pets and those who may have chronic medical conditions.  People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they’re drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

Those who exercise in extreme heat or work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

As it is difficult to predict the weather with exact certainty this is a precautionary notice to increase awareness of the potential dangers of extreme temperatures and heat related emergencies and illness.

Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

  1. Stay cool
  • Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.
  • Limit exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.
  • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.
  • Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars—they can suffer heat-related illness, too.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.
  1. Stay hydrated
  • Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
  1. Stay informed
  • Keep up-to-date on the temperature and heat index when planning your activities so you can find ways to stay cool and hydrated. The heat index measures how hot it feels outside when factoring in humidity with the actual air temperature.

Learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illnesses. Know the warning signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash, and how to treat and prevent them.  Get additional information from the following sources:

If you are being faced with a life threatening emergency please call 911 immediately and help will be dispatched to your location.

You can sign up to receive emergency notifications through the emergency alerting network, which is managed by the Crook County Emergency Manager – you can sign up by visiting the Crook County Sheriff’s website and click on the Alert Crook County logo.

                http://sheriff.co.crook.or.us/

You can also get up to date information through our tri-county emergency information blog at:

                 http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com/

For more information please do not hesitate to contact:

Vicky Ryan – Crook County Health and Human Services

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator / Public Information Officer

Cell – 541-233-8504

Direct – 541-323-2467

 

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