North Carolina health officials are urging simple steps to prevent a trip to the emergency room during the high temperatures across North Carolina.
State Health Director Jeffrey Engel said those steps include drinking plenty of water or juice to avoid dehydration and, if possible, limiting time outdoors, especially in the afternoon when the sun and temperatures are at their peak. With many summer camps still in session, children should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress, including:
Elderly people also are very susceptible to complications from extreme heat. The N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services is encouraging frequent checks on elderly family members and neighbors to be sure they are protected from the heat. Additional safety measures for people of all ages include:
According to data collected from hospital emergency departments across the state, more than 130 individuals sought care for heat-related illness between July 10 and 16. Temperatures recorded at Raleigh Durham International Airport peaked near 100 degrees early in that week.
“The majority of people seeking emergency care are between 25 and 64 years old,” Engel said. “These are folks who are out exercising, doing yard work or recreational activities, and those who have jobs that keep them outdoors. It is critical that everyone take proper precautions to avoid illness when the temperatures are high.”
For more information on summer heat data and prevention, visit publichealth.nc.gov.