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Take Precautions During Extreme Heat

Take Precautions During Extreme Heat
June 17
11:30 2016

Excessive heat is expected throughout much of Arizona over the next several days. Temperatures in Northern Arizona are expected to be well above average. Highs in Flagstaff are forecasted to reach 93 degrees and Page may reach 107.

The Coconino County Public Health Services District is encouraging residents and visitors in Coconino County to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illness. Year after year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat-related illnesses have been fatal.

Recommended precautionary actions include:

· Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
· Drink more water than usual and avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
· When outdoors, wear sunscreen, light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler.
· If you are planning an activity with a great deal of exertion, consider changing to a less strenuous activity or delay the activity until the weather is cooler.
· Slow down. Whether you are working, hiking, biking, or playing outdoors, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
· Keep your house cooler by closing curtains and blinds.
· If your home is too warm, consider spending some time in a public place with air conditioning such as a library, community center, government building or mall.
· 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.
· Check on your neighbors to ensure they are safe and well.

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.

Stay cool… stay hydrated… stay informed. For more information visit www.coconino.az.gov/health.

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