95-Year-Old Woman is Del.'s 3rd Heat-Related Death

The Department of Health and Social Services said Tuesday that the medical examiner ruled that the death of a 95-year-old New Castle County woman was heat related.

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    Public health officials say a third heated-related death has been confirmed in Delaware.

    The Department of Health and Social Services said Tuesday that the medical examiner ruled that the death of a 95-year-old New Castle County woman was heat related.

    Officials say the woman was found dead in her Newark home on Sunday, and that heat exposure was a factor in her death.

    An 87-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man also died in Delaware last week partly due to heat exposure.

    The Delaware Department of Health and Social services provided the following tips to prevent heat illness:

    • Do not leave a child alone in a parked car, even for a minute. Call 911 if you see a child left unattended in a vehicle.
    • Check in on seniors and individuals with disabilities to make sure they are OK.
    • Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks containing sugar, alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. (Check with a doctor before increasing fluid intake if you have epilepsy, heart, kidney or liver disease, or if you are on a fluid-restrictive diet. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.)
    • Stay indoors on the lowest floor possible to avoid the heat.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Wear a hat or use an umbrella. Use sunscreen. Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself, and has been linked to skin cancer.
    • Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cold shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can lead to hypothermia, particularly for the elderly and children.

    The following symptoms are signs of heat exhaustion:

    • Dehydration
    • Fatigue
    • Weakness
    • Clammy Skin
    • Headache
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Fast Breathing
    • Irritability
    • Fainting

    To prevent heat exhaustion, experts recommend moving indoors or into the shade, loosening or removing clothing, eating and drinking, taking a cool shower or bath and calling your doctor for further medical advice.

    The following symptoms are signs of heatstroke(the body can no longer cool itself):

    • Flushed, hot, dry skin with no sweating
    • High body temperatures(above 13 degrees F orally)
    • Severe headache
    • Weakness, dizziness or confusion
    • Sluggishness or fatigue
    • Decreased responsiveness
    • Loss of consciousness

    If you or anyone you know exhibit any of these symptoms, call 911, go indoors or in the shade, take a cool shower or bath and take fluids.