Tips for staying safe in hazardous heat

Tips for staying safe in hazardous heat

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The National Weather Service in Jackson is warning is warning several Pine Belt counties about hazardous heat in the coming days.

"The combination of warm temperatures in the mid-90s with high humidity will lead to peak heat indices approaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit Friday and Saturday," the NWS said in a hazardous weather outlook Thursday. "This will result in increased heat stress. Those who will be spending extended amounts of time outdoors are encouraged to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities, and take frequent breaks."

It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

The skin may be cool and moist, and the victim's pulse rate will be fast and weak with fast, shallow breathing. Drink cool water or nonalcoholic beverages, rest, take a cool bath, get into an air-conditioned room and change into lightweight clothing.

If left untreated, heat exhaustion could progress and become a heat stroke. The MSDH said you need to look out for these warning signs of heat stroke:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees, orally)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately. Get the victim out of the sun or heat, cool the victim rapidly using any method you can (cool water, wrap in wet sheet or fan continuously) and monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.

It is important to not give a heat stroke victim fluids to drink.

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