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Last updated 10:05PM ET
March 3, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Health Department Warns of Heat Dangers
(2007-08-09)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - With temperatures already setting records and likely to climb higher Friday, the Department of Public Health is recommending special measures to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Donald Williamson, the state health officer, said working outside in high heat or staying inside in an unairconditioned space puts people at high risk.

Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are generally not life-threatening. They can usually be treated by drinking fluids and moving inside to a cooler place.

Heat stroke is more serious and can cause a coma or even death. The symptoms include hot, dry skin, nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness. Williamson said anyone exhibiting those symptoms should seek immediate treatment.

Williamson offered some tips to minimize risk for people who must be outside:

- Limit activity to the least intense periods of the day, early morning or evening,

- Move more slowly, take frequent breaks and drink a lot of fluids,

- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Williamson also recommended that everyone avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which can both contribute to dehydration, and eat lighter meals than usual.

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