Health District Urges Residents to take Heat Precautions
High temperatures in Nueces County have prompted Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District officials to offer precautions to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Children, elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, and people without air conditioning are at risk to suffer heat stress in these current weather conditions. “The most effective way to combat heat is to stay in an air-conditioned area, at home, or in a public place such as a library or recreation center,” states Dr. William Burgin Jr., Local Health Authority.
Health officials advise that if air conditioning is not available, opening the windows, pulling down shades to keep out the sun, and using cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms can be effective ways to combat heat.
Other agencies, such as the Texas Department of State Health Services, advises to:
- Never leave anyone, including animals, in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Don't wait until you are thirsty, drink fluids at least 30 minutes before going outside.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early mornings or evenings when it’s cooler.
- Take frequent breaks when working outside.
- Signs and symptoms of heat illness include dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, headaches, and muscle cramps. If signs and symptoms begin to emerge move to a cooler location, rest a few minutes and slowly drink a cool liquid. Immediately seek medical attention if conditions do not improve and tell someone to observe you
- Eat meals that are well balanced, cool, and light.
- Frequently check on the elderly, the ill, and others who may need help.
- Adjust to the environment. A sudden change in temperature – an early heat wave or travel to a hotter climate – will be stressful to the body. Limit physical activity until you become accustomed to the heat.
- Check with a doctor or pharmacist about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription medications, especially diuretics or antihistamines.
Overall, the best defense against heat-related illness is prevention is to stay cool, drink plenty of fluids, wear cool clothing and monistor strenuous outdoor activities.
For more information contact Public Information Officer Noelia Rodriguez at (361) 826-7220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.