The Kane County Office of Emergency Management and the Kane County Health Department have issued an extreme heat watch for today. A heat watch is issued when the temperature heat index has exceeded or is predicted to exceed 95 degrees for more than three hours, with overnight temperatures remaining more than 75 degrees.
The effects of extreme heat conditions on the human body are cumulative and can lead to variety of health complications, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Residents can follow a few simple tips to keep cool:
Â· Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
Â· Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
Â· Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public libraryâ€“even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Â· Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Â· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Â· NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
Â· Infants and young children
Â· People aged 65 or older
Â· Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Â· Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
More information on how to beat the heat is available by visiting www.kanehealth.com/heat.htm.