El Paso’s Heat Can Be Deadly
It's that time of year folks, here comes the real heat...
A heat advisory ... the first, I'm sure, of many ... from NOAA was in effect yesterday and today with temps between 104 - 106 expected. Fortunately, there is some rain coming our way which should help cool things down a little. We're in the "dog days of summer" now so, keep cool and keep an eye on friends and neighbors. Especially the very young and the elderly.
Heatstroke is a real and potentially deadly threat around here so, here are some signs to watch for:
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness/cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, strong or weak
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Confusion, disorientation, or staggering
- Unconsciousness (webmd.com)
Seek medical help as soon as possible and, in the meantime, move the victim to an air-conditioned area. Remove as much clothing as possible and wet their skin down and/or get them into a bath or shower. Ice packs to their armpits, groin, neck and back will also help.
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