Safety Tips For The Heat

Lynchburg, VA- With these high temperatures it's important you don't get overheated.

Lynchburg Health Department District Epidemiologist Haley Evans says everyone is at some risk in this high heat, but it's babies and the elderly who are at the most risk.

She says it's best for them to stay in an air-conditioned place during these 80 and 90 degree days. Evans says it is never ok to leave children or pets in a car for any amount of time in this heat, even with the windows cracked.

Other concerns to look out for are heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion is less severe- and the warning signs are profuse sweating, flushing of your face and chest, and muscle cramping. Evans says if you have those symptoms, find shade or a cool shelter as fast as you can and drink plenty of cool fluids.

Heat Stroke is a life-threatening condition, and one of the main symptoms is confusion.

"Keep an eye out for each other and if you notice a friend or co-worker becoming confused, face turning red, and with heat stroke, people have passed the ability to sweat to cool themselves off. That is a medical emergency, you need to call 911," said Evans.

Evans says even if you don't have air conditioning at home, try to go to an air-conditioned place like the mall or public library for the hottest part of the day.