... Heat advisory remains in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
* event... heat index readings of 101 to 107.
* Timing... heat index values will exceed 100 degrees by 11 am.
Heat index values will exceed 105 degrees between noon and 4 PM
and then fall slowly during the early evening.
* Impact... overheating and dehydration can quickly occur if you
will be outdoors today. It can be difficult to recognize the
signs of heat exhaustion on yourself... so plan to take
frequent breaks. You may recognize the signs of heat
exhaustion more readily in others.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion... heavy sweating...
fatigue... confusion... headache... pale and clammy skin... thirst...
dizziness... nausea and vomiting... rapid heartbeat... cramps or
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible... reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water. Be sure to drink plenty of
water hours before strenuous activity and then during.
To reduce risk during outdoor work... the occupational safety and
health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency - call 911.
Each year... a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to
children accidentally being left in vehicles during the Summer
months. In the past dozen years... 500 children have died due to
hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never
leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle not even for a
minute. Remember... beat the heat... check the backseat.