JAMESTOWN – With excessive heat and humidity in the weather forecast, officials are doubling down on the importance of staying cool and hydrated to avoid heat related injury.
According to the New York State Department of Public Service, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.
Everyone is asked to watch for symptoms of heat stroke, like hot, dry, red skin, a rapid pulse and shallow breathing, a body temperature higher than 105 Fahrenheit degrees and loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness.
In order to avoid heat exhaustion, it is recommended to reduce strenuous activities and exercises, especially from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which are peak sunlight hours.
Drink at least two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty.
Also, never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked vehicle, especially during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
Finally, during extreme heat power companies recommend customers close drapes, windows, and doors on your home’s sunny side to reduce solar heat buildup.
Also, turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when not at home to help reduce the strain on power grids.