High Heat Dangers

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

DOTHAN-- It's hot out and temperatures are expected to reach triple digits by the end of the week. And the heat affects everyone, especially those who work outside.

"About a week ago, we had a day that was very, very hot and one of our seasoned workers, I could tell he looked a little different. Wobbly, perspiring profusely, and I took him off the line and I made him sit down in the shade and after a couple of gatorades, and a little bit of rest he was fine. But the answer is it's easy to get over-heated if you're not properly hydrated."

"When temperatures start rising like they are this week, we do a lot of training regarding working in the heat and recognizing heat related stresses and we take it very serious, because if you go too far it can have lasting effects on an individual."

"Heat-related illnesses can come about when you're body is unable to control its own temperature. Health officials say that anything over one hundred and three degrees is considered dangerous."

"Public health would like people to be alert to the warning signs of heat-related illnesses. The warning signs are extreme high temperature, over one hundred and three, dry, red skin, no sweating, if you become to where you're not sweating, if you're nauseated or have a throbing headache."

So tips for staying safe in the summer heat…

"Basically you wanna make sure that you're very hydrated and you're drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine."

That will ensure your summer is a happy and healthy one.

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