The Health District is reminding people to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses which can include dehydration, heat rash, sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
These problems occur when the body is unable to cool down properly. Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Yakima Health District wants to remind people that, “Heat related illness can affect anyone, but the elderly, small infants and children, people with chronic disease, and outdoor manual laborers are the most vulnerable.”
Reduce your risk of experiencing health related problems by taking the following precautions:
Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and muscle cramps. If you start experiencing these symptoms move to a cooler location to rest and drink a cool beverage. If you or a family member experience symptoms and begin to lose consciousness call 9-1-1 right away.
Call your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns.
For more information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Washington State Department of Health
National Weather Service