Marias Medical would like to remind you all to be especially aware of the dangers of extreme heat.

With the high heat warnings coming this weekend to our area - there are three primary things to pay special attention to, according to the CDC:

  1. Stay Cool:
    1. Wear appropriate clothing by choosing light-weight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing
    2. Stay in an air conditioned environment as much as possible Fans my provide some comfort but when temperatures are in the high 90s they will not prevent heat related illness.
    3. Schedule outdoor activities for morning and evenings when temperatures are coolest.
    4. Pace yourself - cut down on exercise and working in high temperatures, utilize cool areas to rest.
    5. DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN CARS - EVEN IF WINDOWS ARE OPEN.
  2. Stay Hydrated:
    1. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks. Check with your doctor on fluid consumption if you are on a fluid restricted diet. If needed replace salt and minerals if you are experiencing heavy sweating.
    2. Avoid hot meals and drinks!
    3. Keep your pets hydrated
  3. Stay Informed:
    1. Check for updates on extreme heat alerts and know the signs of heat related illnesses.
    2. Use a buddy system when working in the heat and monitor those at high risk.

What to look for in heat related illnesses:

  • Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, cold, pale and clammy skin, fast/weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, feeling tired or dizzy, headache and fainting.
    • Move to a cool place; place cool, wet clothes on body or take a cool shower, sip water and get medical help if worsening symptoms, throwing up or if symptoms last more than one hour.
  • Heat Stroke: High body temperature (103 or higher); hot, red, dry or damp skin, fast strong pulse, headache, feeling dizzy, nausea, feeling confused, fainting.
    • Call 911 right away - this is a medical emergency; move the person to a cooler place, cool clothes or bath, DO NOT give the person anything to drink.