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Dealing with a Heat Advisory

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Did you know that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States?

 

According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more fatalities per year than lightening, flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.  Based on statistical data from 2000 to 2009, excessive heat has claimed nearly 162 lives every year.

 

With the Ozarks being put under a Heat Advisory, which started on Sunday and is set to continue through 7pm Tuesday evening, Family Medical Walk-In Clinics wanted you and your families to be aware of how the heat can affect your health and also ways you and your family can avoid the risk of suffering from a heat-related illness.

  

Heat Advisory

 

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures are expected.  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible (weather.com).

 

Excessive Heat Hazards

 

According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, heat disorders usually occur when the body heats too quickly to cool itself safely, or when the body loses too much fluid or salt through dehydration or sweating, this will cause your body temperature to rise and heat-related illnesses may occur.

  

The most common feature that all heat-related illnesses share is that the individual has been in the heat too long or has exercised too much for his or her age and physical condition. 

 

Keep in mind: Conditions that cause heat cramps in a 17 year old may cause heat exhaustion in a 40 year old and may cause a heat stroke for a 60 year old. 

 

Different Types of Heat-Related Illnesses

 

Content provided by: WebMD.com

 

Who Could Be at High Risk?

  • Babies.
  • Older adults.
  • Obese individuals.
  • Pets left in vehicles.
  • Those who work outdoors.
  • Those who live in areas that experience heat waves.
  • Those who suffer from a chronic disease.
  • Those who are traveling to wilderness areas or foreign countries with high outdoor temperatures and humidity.

 

How to: Avoid Heat Related Illnesses

  • Slow down
  • Wear light and loose-fitted clothing.
  • Spend more time in air conditioned facilities.
  • Drink LOTS of water.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat more fruits and less protein (protein can increase water loss).
  • Don’t let yourself just bake in the sun.
  • Home treatments are usually all that is needed to treat mild-heat related illnesses.
  • Heat exhaustion and heatstroke need immediate medical attention.

 

Click here to see how fast a car can heat up:

 

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk/?n=noaaexcessiveheat#car

 

If you think someone may be suffering from a heat-related illness, please get them to a cool, shaded place immediately and call 911 for further assistance.

 

Stay cool out there my friends!

  

Sources:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

 

http://teachmefinance.com/Scientific_Terms/Heat_Advisory.html

 

http://firstaid.webmd.com/tc/heat-related-illnesses-topic-overview

 

http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/65807:4?phenomena=HT&significance=Y&areaid=MOZ090&office=KSGF&etn=0002

 

http://firstaid.webmd.com/tc/heat-related-illnesses-topic-overview?page=2

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