Butte County health officials issue extreme heat precautions

Jun 8, 2015 7:04 PM by News Staff

Butte County health officials are urging people to prepare for extreme heat this summer by staying cool, hydrated and informed.

On average, 675 people die from heat related illnesses every year in the United States. If you are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long you sweat heavily, and if you don't drink enough fluids, your body's cooling system may fail, leading to heat exhaustion, heat stroke or cramps.

Symptoms of heat-related illness may include: confusion, heavy sweating, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, nausea or increased body temperature. If you or someone you know is suffering from heat-related illness, immediately move the affected person to a cooler location and attempt to reduce body temperature by loosening clothes, applying a cold compress and drinking water.

The Butte County Public Health Department recommends the following tips during extreme heat:

Limit exercise and strenuous work during the hottest part of the day
Stay indoors where air conditioning is available
Stay hydrated by drinking 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids every hour
Drink fluids even if you don't feel thirsty
Rest often in shady areas
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
Never leave children alone in a parked car

Health officials also want to remind everyone pets are at risk too. Owners should provide shade, water and limit exercise.


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