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Page PD Begins 2nd Annual Heat Safety Initiative Program

Page PD Begins 2nd Annual Heat Safety Initiative Program
June 08
11:18 2017

As we near the official “start of summer” on June 21st, many folks living in and visiting Page have already begun to feel the heat. Temperatures have been sitting in the high-90s consistently and during the hottest parts of the day, thermometers have been reading at triple digits.

While Lake Powell provides some relief from the heat, the majority of our desert surroundings have very little shade or relief for those who choose to go exploring.
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Most vulnerable are adults age 65 and older, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition or people on certain medications.

The Coconino County Public Health Services District has urged residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Recommended precautionary actions include:

Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.

Drink more water than usual and avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol.

When outdoors, wear sunscreen, light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler.

Slow down. Whether you are working, hiking, biking, or playing outdoors, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

If you recognize that you, or someone else, are starting to show symptoms of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Symptoms of heat exhaustion, a milder form of heat-related illness, include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, and/or fainting.

Untreated heat illness can lead to heat stroke which can be life threatening. Symptoms of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature (above 103 F), dry skin (no sweating), throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and/or unconsciousness. Seek emergency care immediately if experiencing severe symptoms.

The Page Police Department is also doing their part to make sure people stay cool.

Page PD is participating in its 2nd Annual Heat Safety Initiative Program. They will be addressing the need to identify and locate individuals that may be prone to any heat stress symptoms.

Officers will be carrying coolers with cold water in their units and supplying water to individuals to help in preventing heat related illnesses.
Be smart, be safe, and stay cool this summer!

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