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Stay Hydrated, Prevent Heat Illness

Posted: Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 6:24 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Children under four years of age, adults over 65 years old, and people who are overweight are at greatest risk for heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Heat stroke happens when your body isn’t able to control its temperature, the sweating mechanism fails and the body can’t cool down. According to CDC body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10-15 minutes. WeatherEye Meteorologist Derek Heit says avoid heat illness by, “Drinking plenty of water, stay in the shade as much as possible, and if you must be outside take occasional breaks in an air conditioned building to cool down.” Warning signs of a heat stroke can include dizziness, head ache, nausea and disorientation.

If you see someone with the warning signs of a heat stroke, CDC says to cool them down with water, getting to a shaded area, and get medical assistance as soon as possible.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to have highs in the low-90’s before cooling off early next week, listen to KCII for weather updates.