High temperatures are predicted in Indiana over the next several days and into the coming weekend.
With even higher heat indexes, the risks for heat-related illnesses increase significantly.
Emergency medical professionals are encouraging Hoosiers to take heat-safety precautions.
To Prevent Heat Problems:
- Water: Drink plenty of water. Avoid carbonated or alcoholic beverages.
- Rest: Take frequent breaks during outdoor activities, and try to avoid activities during the hottest part of the day.
- Shade: Stay indoors to limit exposure to the sun.
- Cool: Hoosiers without access to air conditioning are more at risk for heat injury, especially on humid days. Take steps to stay cool, such as visiting a local library or another public building with air conditioning. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Watch for Symptoms:
- Dizziness, nausea, fatigue;
- Cool, clammy or flushed skin;
- Profuse sweating or absence of sweating;
- Raised body temperature;
- Muscle cramps.
Act Quickly if Heat Illness is Suspected:
- Don’t hesitate to call 911;
- Use ice packs or cold wash cloths to help bring down body temperatures;
- Provide non-carbonated sports drinks when available;
- Provide drinking water;
- Move people to cooler areas and have them rest.
- Bring pets inside during hot weather (some local laws may even require it);
- Make sure pets have plenty of water;
- Don’t leave pets in vehicles, even for a minute.
For more heat safety tips, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov.