August 2, 2017 4:20 a.m.
With the extreme heat continuing locally, public health officials have released their set of precautions people should take right now.
Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer of the Douglas Public Health Network says that heat related illnesses can come on quickly. He says sometimes people may not even recognize the symptoms. Dr. Dannenhoffer says people should:
*Stay in air conditioned buildings.
*Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
*Limit outdoor activity, especially in the middle of the day when it is the hottest.
*Avoid direct sunlight.
*Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing.
*Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
*Check on at-risk family and friends at least twice a day.
*Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
*Drink two to four cups of water every hour while you are working or exercising outside.
*Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
*Make sure your friends, families and neighbors are drinking enough water.
Dr. Dannenhoffer says people should help keep others aware of weather and heat safety information.