July 6th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Dr. Sue V. Raver, M.D., Health Officer, Allegany County Health Department, urges caution as temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees this weekend.
For the latest news and informational links go to www.alleganyhealthdept.com.
Allegany County Government’s website, www.gov.allconet.org, also has health information on the homepage.
Extremely hot weather can be especially dangerous for the elderly, young children, those who are overweight, and those who have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory problems. The best way to avoid serious, possibly life-threatening heat exposure is not to invite it at all.
Check on family members, neighbors, and friends! Go someplace with adequate cooling. Even a couple of hours in a cool place can prevent serious heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The health department website has information to help you recognize the warning signs of heat-related illnesses and know the appropriate first-aid treatment.
Hot Weather Tips
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. Be aware that alcohol can impair the body’s sweat mechanism, as can fairly common medications such as antihistamines and diuretics. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
- Wear loose -fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes.
- Avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade or by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
- When possible, stay in air-conditioned areas. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit a friend or relative with air conditioning, or consider a visit to an air conditioned public place such as a movie theater, shopping mall, restaurant or public library. Even a couple of hours in a cool place can be a life-saver.
- NEVER leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked.
- Check on the elderly at least daily.
- Take it easy when outdoors. Athletes and those who work outdoors should, if possible, take short breaks when feeling fatigues. Schedule physical activity during the morning or evening when it is cooler.
The Allegany County Health Department may be contacted at 301-759-5000, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 29th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
A heat wave has moved into the area and temperatures are expected to soar to 98 degrees today and to 100 degrees on Saturday.
Listen to the Finkle Forecast:
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