State Issues Heat Health Advisory

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July 17, 2013 — The State’s Department of Homeland Security is advising Hoosiers to limit their outdoors exposure during summer heat.

IDHS warns residents that extreme heat causes more deaths annually than floods or tornadoes.

It says the high temperatures and humidity in Indiana is causing it and EMS professionals to remind Hoosiers to be cautious outside to limit heat exposure.

“Heat-related illnesses can happen quickly and be deadly. The elderly, very young and those with respiratory conditions are most susceptible to serious heat-related illnesses. Take frequent breaks during outdoor activities, and drink plenty of fluids (nothing carbonated). When appropriate, check in regularly with family members and neighbors who may not have air conditioning.”

IDHS also cautions people to never leave a child or pet in a parked car, where temperatures inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.

It offers the following quick-reference information:

Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
• Muscle cramps
• Body temperature more than 102°F
• Flushed looking appearance
• Nausea and vomiting
• Weakness
• Fatigue
• Faint feeling
• Diarrhea
• Headaches
• Unresponsiveness
• Seizures
Someone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest and drink water or a sports drink (nothing carbonated). Cool, wet washcloths or icepacks will help with recovery. If there is no improvement, body temperature won’t go down, or the person won’t take fluids, go to the emergency room immediately or call 911.

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