Dangerous temperatures: Signs of heat exhaustion

Dangerous temperatures: Signs of heat exhaustion

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emergency workers in East Baton Rouge Parish have responded to 51 calls for help in July, all relating to the dangerous heat.

You probably won't feel it but daytime highs might be a few degrees cooler for the first half of the work week. During the peak heating hours of the day, it will feel like 110°.

The National Weather Service has extended the Heat Advisory through Monday, and may be extended beyond that. The high temperatures may trigger some storms in the area.

Officials say weekdays are actually worse than the weekends for heat calls, because more people are out and about for work and there is a greater chance for problems.

If you feel yourself becoming overheated, take a break.

There are two types of heat exhaustion:

Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.

Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.

If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, immediately get out of the heat, drink plenty of fluid that does not contain caffeine and alcohol, remove any tight or unnecessary clothing, take a cool shower or bath, and use fans and ice towels.

If after 15 minutes there is no relief, seek emergency medical help. Heat exhaustion can lead to a heat stroke.

Remember your pets can also suffer in the heat, so make sure they have a cool, shady area and plenty of water.

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