Extreme High Heat & Humidity is Here

Posted 7/17/2019 in Public Health

Keep your Health in Mind

Summer and extremely high heat and humidity is here!! With temperatures rising, Delaware County Public Health reminds you to keep your health in mind.

Anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness.  Those at greatest risk include people 65+; infants and young children; overweight individuals; those doing manual labor or exercising outdoors; people with chronic health conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure; or people who take certain medications for things like depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

Use common sense when temperatures soar and humidity levels are high.

  • Stay indoors, preferably in air-conditioned areas
  • Limit outdoor activities, especially between 10 AM and 2 PM
  • Keep cool. Stay in the shade or air-conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty, regardless of your activity level
  • Avoid alcoholic or sugary drinks which can dehydrate the body
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear hats that shade your face
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Do NOT leave children or pets in cars
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air-conditioned space and drink cool liquids (non-alcoholic).
  • Seek medical attention if you or someone else appears ill, overheated, dizzy, nauseated, weak, or disoriented

Check on your neighbor, friends, and relatives. Watch for people with heat-induced illness since some people may not realize they are suffering from heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

If experiencing excessive sweating, especially over several hours, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts, such as sports drinks and special rehydration fluids.

If you have questions, please contact Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.