|Residents urged to exercise extreme caution, check on neighbors throughout heat emergency|
July 5, 2012 - Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the statewide heat emergency, which is forecast to last through Sunday. Cooling stations will be open at the following locations with extended operating hours Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, to accommodate those seeking relief from the heat.
What can you do to help remain safe during extreme heat conditions? Drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take frequent breaks from stressful activities to avoid becoming dehydrated and overheated, which can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Be aware that heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both serious, life-threatening conditions. Heatstroke, which is characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees, can develop quickly and is often accompanied by the following symptoms: dry, red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma. Heatstroke is treated by rapidly lowering the body temperature by a cool bath or wet towels. A heatstroke victim should be kept in a cool area; emergency medical care should be obtained by dialing 911. Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heatstroke, and symptoms may include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, and headache, vomiting or fainting. Heat exhaustion can be treated by drinking plenty of liquids and resting in a cool, shaded area.
The County Commissioners urge all residents to take proper precautions to protect themselves and take time to check on vulnerable neighbors and to contact 911 in the event of a health related emergency. For more information on how to keep safe during extreme heat, visit the Worcester County Health Department at www.worcesterhealth.org.
CONTACT: Kim Moses, public information officer, (410) 632-1194, Recreation and
Parks (410) 632-2144; or Worcester County Library (410) 632-2600
|Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 10:40|