Hendry/Glades — We’re just beginning our Summer and as temperatures rise, the Florida Department of Health reminds all residents and visitors about the risks of heat and how to prevent heat-related illness. The hot and humid weather conditions of a Florida summer can place extra stress on the body, especially while outdoors, so it is critical to practice safe habits that protect against heat-related illness.
“One of the great features of our community is the many outdoor activities available to us. It is important to plan ahead to remain hydrated and allow for rest breaks, said Joseph Pepe, Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties.
Heat stress can range from mild to severe. Milder conditions, like heat rash and heat exhaustion, are the most common; while the most serious heat-related illness is heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if medical treatment is not provided.
The most vulnerable to heat-related illness are the elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, those who work or exercise outdoors and infants and children, but anyone subjected to high temperatures for an extended period of time can overheat.
Remember to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, not even for a minute. Temperatures in vehicles heat up quickly, especially during the summer, and can become deadly in a matter of minutes.
Know the warning signs of heat-related illness:
• Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F);
Protect yourself with these helpful tips:
• Stay hydrated with water; avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages;
Remember to stay cool, hydrated and informed this summer. For more information on extreme heat and heat-related illness prevention, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp.