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08/12/2007

Summer Heat Dangers & Prevention

It was another day of soaring Temperatures in East Texas, and with the rising heat comes the health problems.  Whether it was heat exhaustion, or an actual heat stroke East Texas ambulances responded to those heat related calls Sunday.

"This weekend, we've had a few calls that were heat related emergencies," said ETMC EMS Paramedic Ed Brando.  Brando says the heat related calls he receives are a matter of life, or death.

"It is very serious because people will shrug it off," said Brando.  According to the Centers for Disease Control 300 people die each year from heat related illnesses, and they are often preventable.

"With the temps getting into the hundreds, we have seen people who have just pushed themselves too far," said Brando  "Just drink plenty of fluids, get in a shaded area, pace yourself, and get plenty of rest."  The heat first effects a person with heat cramps, then heat exhaustion. and if left untreated can lead to a heat stroke.

"A heat stroke is a true emergency," said Brando.  To prevent the emergency, warning signs for heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and nausea. 

"In heat exhaustion you need to call us," said Brando.  Also, remember those most vulnerable to the heat are senior citizens and children.

"The heat will affect them differently," said Brando.  "You want to make sure that they are well taken care of."

"We deserve the heat now," said David Wallace, who spent his day at the pool.  "We had it too easy all summer.  This is normal anyway."  The hottest part of the day is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  High-risk groups like children and senior citizens are urged to stay inside air-conditioned buildings during that time.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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