Deschutes Co. Health offers hot-weather tips

POSTED: 12:35 PM PDT July 1, 2013 
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BEND, Ore. -

Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.

The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under 4, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Deschutes County health officials urge you to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Stay cool

Stay hydrated

Stay informed

Health illness warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:

Heat exhaustion symptoms: Heavy sweating, weakness; skin cold, pale, and clammy, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. Move to a cooler location, loosen clothing, sip water, and apply wet cloths to your body if possible. Seek medical attention if necessary.

Heat stroke symptoms: High body temperature above 103°F; hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness. This is a medical emergency-call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not give fluids.

For more information on extreme heat, call (541) 322-7400, or visit the following website:

Oregon Health Authority, “Extreme Heat”

http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx