Health Officials Offer Advice to Beat the Heat

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Triple digit heat is in the forecast for the weekend. It's not just uncomfortable, it can be downright dangerous.

Topeka-area pools were packed with people Friday trying to beat the heat. Health officials say, while water on the skin can cool you down, you need to do more than get water on the outside of your body. They say you need to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Water is the best choice. They also advise you wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and avoid heavy physical exhertion.

If you don't have air conditioning in your home, officials suggest you head to the library or mall to stay cool. Also, heck on your elderly friends and neighbors. Senior citizens are especially vulnerable in the heat.

April Maddox with Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging says staff members always contact clients when it gets hot to make sure they're okay. She says Safe Streets is also working the neighborhoods to make people more aware of their neighbors who may be vulnerable.

Early warning signs of heat-related-illness includes dizziness, and not needing to use the restroom as often as normal.


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