As Temps Soar This Weekend, Keep An Eye Out For These Heat-Related Illnesses
Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting that with the heat index in play this Sunday, the high temperatures in the Greater Bangor area could reach into the mid-90s.
Add to that the already humid conditions we've been experiencing this week, and you have the recipe for potentially hazardous health situations.
The CDC says heat-related illnesses are preventable, but you do need to be on the lookout for them, so you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
It's important for folks, especially those working or spending time outside during hot temps like the ones we're going to see, to know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The City of Bangor City Hall Facebook Page had a great breakdown of the differences and what to do if you think you're suffering from either.
Staying alert for symptoms can help you take quick action so that Heat exhaustion doesn't become Heat Stroke, as that change can be rapid and deadly if you're not careful.
Key things to look for:
Make sure to drink plenty of water when it's hot out. Remind others, like children and the elderly, who may not remember to stay hydrated on their own. And don't forget your pets.
If you or someone you know starts to experience dizziness in the heat, it's important to take a break and sit down. Putting your head down between your knees can help. Remember to move slowly, especially when sitting down and getting up.
To sweat when it's warm is not unusual. But when you start to sweat excessively and uncontrollably, it might be time to take some action. Move to a cooler space and take a break.
You can also loosen tight clothing to allow for better airflow.
Nausea and Weakness
If you find yourself feeling queazy, crampy, or weak. take a break and rest.
At any point, if you or someone you suspect might be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, displays signs of confusion, or passes out, you should definitely call 9-1-1.
Keep an eye out for yourself, your kids, older folks, and your friends and neighbors. We'll be up to our knees in the snow in due time, so you definitely want to make the most of the warmer summer weather. But let's do it smartly and safely.