Oakland County Health Division cautions residents to protect themselves from heat related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke during extreme temperatures.
Those at greatest risk include individuals 65 years of age or older, overweight people, those who exert themselves during work or exercise, infants and children up to age four and people who are ill or on certain medications.
Follow these prevention tips:
- Monitor high risk-people for signs of heat related illness. Visit older neighbors and family members at least twice a day to make sure they are safe. Watch for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light -colored clothing.
- Limit vigorous activity during hot, humid weather. Stay indoors and exercise in air conditioned areas such as malls.
- Don’t leave infants, pets or elderly people in parked cars.
- Drink plenty of water. Drink more than you need to satisfy your thirst. If exercising, drink two to four cups of water every hour. Limit drinks that can cause dehydration such as coffee and soda.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher. Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness and is a life threatening situation. During heat stroke, the body loses its ability to regulate temperature in extreme heat, high humidity or during vigorous activity.