(UNDATED) - The extreme heat is expected to continue through Friday.
Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig says you need to be cautious while outside and limit your exposure to the dangerous heat.
According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more deaths in the United States per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Craig says that heat-related illnesses can happen quickly and be deadly. The elderly, very young and those with respiratory conditions are the most susceptible to serious heat-related illnesses. If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids. He adds that it is just as important to take in the right kind of fluids as sodas, other carbonated beverages and caffeinated drinks can actually dehydrate you further.
Craig says that along with yourself, you need to take steps to protect those loved ones at greater risk for health problems. This includes checking in regularly with family members and neighbors who may not have air conditioning or live in more rural areas. One specific tip that Craig says everyone must understand is that you should never leave a child or pet in a parked car. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels and quickly lead to a fatality.
He added that it is very important for you to know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses. They include:
- Muscle cramps
- Body temperature more than 102°F
- Flushed looking appearance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Faint feeling
If someone is suffering from heat-related illness, Allmon says should immediately be moved to a cool place to rest and drink water or a sports drink. Cool, wet washcloths or ice packs will help with recovery. If there is no improvement, body temperature won't go down, or the person won't drink, you should immediately go to the emergency room or call 911.
For more extreme heat safety tips, visit www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm.
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