NBC10.com- Doug Shimell
Doug Shimell explains how different areas are providing heat relief for senior citizens.
With temperatures in the mid-90’s and high humidity expected, a heat advisory has been issued for the Philadelphia area from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officials with the National Weather Service say the combined high temperatures and humidity will create a situation where heat illnesses are possible.
Elderly people, those with chronic medical conditions, people taking medications, those with a mental illness, pregnant women, small children and those who work in a high heat environment are the most at risk in extreme heat.
Here are some tips on dealing with the heat:
Early signs of heat stress include decreased energy, a slight loss of appetite and nausea. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, go to a cool environment, drink fluids, remove excessive clothing and rest.
Serious signs of heat stress include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering and difficulty breathing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you get medical attention immediately. Also be sure to move to a cool area, remove excess clothing and have someone spray you with water while waiting.