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Posted on: June 16, 2017

High temperatures prompt important heat reminder

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Excessive heat is expected throughout much of Arizona over the next several days. As temperatures rise in Northern Arizona, the Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is encouraging residents and visitors in Coconino County to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illness.

“Extremely high temperatures are a little unusual for Northern Arizona. Many people in this area are not used to the heat and many don’t have air conditioning. Extra care is necessary when it’s this hot, especially when involved in outdoor activities,” said Mike Oxtoby, CCPHSD Deputy Chief Health Officer.

Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure they have access to adequate ventilation.

  • Public health officials recommend the following protective actions:
  • Avoid prolonged work in the sun or poorly ventilated areas.
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Wear a hat and use sunscreen for outdoor activity.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic liquids.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a car, even with the windows rolled down. Temperatures in the car can exceed 130 degrees within minutes.

Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Friends, relatives or neighbors are urged to check regularly on those who may be at high risk from heat related illness.

Staying in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place such as a mall, library or recreation center is the most effective way to fight heat. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms. Limit use of stoves and ovens to keep home temperatures lower.

Extreme heat can cause significant stress for all animals. Below are a few simple guidelines you can follow to reduce the impacts of high temperatures on pets:

  • Give your pet extra water.
  • Never leave your pet alone inside a car.
  • Walk pets in the morning or evening.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone outside for extended periods.
  • Provide appropriate shade and shelter.
  • Avoid hot sidewalks.

 

For additional information visit https://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/index.html or www.coconino.az.gov/health

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