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Triple digits are here, NW Fire warns residents to prepare for the heat

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:25 am

Northwest Fire District paramedics have responded to three medical incidents that have involved heat related issues. The calls began shortly after noon Tuesday, as the temperatures reached above 100 degrees.

Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said as this is the first “heat wave” of the season,  residents are not yet acclimated to the high temperatures and can be put at higher risk for heat related emergencies.

"We are not accustomed to our summer behaviors and we may not recognize symptoms early and we may not take all of the appropriate precautions to avoid heat related issues," Goldberg said. "With temperatures expected to be at, or above 100 degrees all week, Northwest Fire wants to remind everyone that heat related emergencies can happen quickly and be very serious."

Symptoms to watch for:

Anyone can experience heat related issues, but eh young, elderly or those medically compromised can be at even greater risk for faster onsets and more serious symptoms which may lead to critical conditions. The following are some emergency signs and symptoms to be on the look-out for:

Fatigue, nausea, headaches, excessive thirst, muscle cramps, weakness, confusion, profuse sweating followed by dry hot skin, dizziness, fainting spells or the feeling of oncoming fainting.

If the spectrum of severity continues, the following may be observed in others:

Vomiting, lethargy, hot flushed skin, fainting, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temps, increased confusion, delirium, loss of consciousness, seizures, or cardiac arrest.

WHAT TO DO:

Drink increased amounts of water, or electrolyte substitutes if increased outside activities or increases sweating during activities, get out of hot environments into shade or inside to cooler temps, rest and refrain from on-going activities the remainder of the day while your body recovers from the insult.

For others who may be experiencing more severe symptoms:

Remove from environment, only allow the victim to drink of they are not nauseated, call 9-1-1, and cool the body with water or cold packs until help arrives.

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