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Heat Advisory In Effect for Oakland County

Heat Advisory In Effect for Oakland County
A heat advisory has been issued for Oakland County from noon Tuesday until late Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory for southeastern Michigan as temps in the 90s plus humidity make it feel more like 100-102 degrees. The peak heat time is expected from 2-7 p.m. each day, according to the alert.

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, muscle cramps and sunburns are possible hazards in this weather, the National Weather Service reports.

Risk of heat-related illnesses

On Tuesday, the Oakland County Health Division issued a press release urging residents to take measures to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Individuals at greatest risk include those 65 years of age or older, infants and children up to age four, people who are ill or on certain medications, overweight people, and those who exert themselves during work or exercise.

“Excessive heat is so dangerous that in the recent years, it has caused more deaths than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, lighting or any other weather event combined,” said George Miller, director of Oakland County Health and Human Services, said in the release. “It causes nearly 700 deaths each year in the U.S.”

Symptoms vary, but usually include red, flushed skin; a rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, nausea, seizures, difficulty speaking, confusion and unconsciousness.

How to prevent heat stroke

The Oakland County Health Division provided the following information on how to prevent heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
  • Monitor high-risk individuals for signs of heat-related illness. Visit older neighbors and family members at least twice a day to make sure they are safe. Watch for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Limit vigorous activity during hot, humid weather. Stay indoors and exercise in air-conditioned areas such as malls.
  • Do not leave infants, pets, or elderly people in parked cars.
  • Drink plenty of water, more than needed to satisfy thirst. Drink before thirst sets in. If exercising, drink two to four cups of water every hour.
  • Limit drinks that can cause dehydration such as coffee and soda.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Utilize protection from the sun: wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Those who must go outside should try to limit activity to the morning or evening when temperatures are lower. While outside, take frequent breaks. Find air-conditioned places or shady areas to rest.

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