EMS officials warn of heat dangers

EMS officials warn of heat dangers

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With temperatures in the 90s this week, emergency officials in East Baton Rouge Parish are warning that children are one group at a higher risk of hot weather dangers like heat stroke.

"They're more prone and susceptible to become ill from the heat," said Mike Chustz with the EBR EMS.

Chustz says another group at risk is the elderly.

A group of out-of-town seniors visiting Baton Rouge balanced sight-seeing with staying cool.

"You can live with the snow, but this heat is unbearable," said Richard Vaird from Buffalo, NY.

Unbearable, might be how some would describe working in Monday's heat. But when it comes to construction like downtown on Laurel St., somebody's got to do it.

"First thing this morning, I walked up six flights of stairs. I was just soaking wet. It's hot," said Ronnie Terrell, a construction worker.

Along with staying hydrated, emergency officials also advise wearing light-colored clothing, doing activity in the shade and taking breaks if you're outdoors for a long time.

"I don't care what kind of shape you're in, you have to take breaks from the heat and go in the shade.  A person who sustains a heat stroke, if they don't get some good serious medical treatment, they're going to die almost every time," said Chustz.

Officials say the warning signs of heat stroke include a body temperature of 104 degrees, nausea and vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and racing heart rate.

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