High temperatures health risk advisory warns mHealth service
MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – The Mobile County Department of Health (MCHD) is warning the public of health risks from high temperatures as coastal counties in Florida, Alabama and southern East Mississippi are subject to a 10:00 am to 7:00 pm heat advisory, August 23.
Although temperatures will reach the mid-90s with humidity, the heat index will approach around 112 degrees.
Heat cramps, sunburns, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are all possibilities when working in this type of heat, the MCHD warned in a press release.
Those most at risk for these health risks are infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, those with mental illness, and those who are physically ill, especially heart disease or illness. ‘hypertension.
The MCHD said in the statement that hundreds of people are dying from heat-related deaths in the United States, making it the number one weather-related killer.
MCHD has posted some tips on how to prevent heat-related disorders during this time:
- Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Warning: If your doctor usually limits the amount of fluids you drink or gives you water pills, ask how much to drink in hot weather.
- Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. They make you lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks as they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned place. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, go to a mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in the air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat.
- Electric fans can provide comfort; but when the temperature reaches 90 degrees, the fans will not prevent heat-related illnesses. Take a cool shower or bath. Moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear light, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children (or anyone else) or pets in a closed and parked vehicle.
- Visit at-risk adults at least twice a day and watch them closely for any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need more frequent monitoring.
MCHD recommends that if you must be outside in the heat to limit how long you are in the heat, reduce the time you spend exercising outside, rest in shaded areas, and wear sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats.