...Heat advisory now in effect until 7 PM CDT Saturday...
* event...heat index readings of 103 to 109.
* Timing...heat index values will exceed 100 degrees by 10 am. Heat index values will exceed 105 degrees between noon and 4 PM and then fall slowly during the early evening.
* Impact...overheating and dehydration can quickly occur if you will be outdoors today. It can be difficult to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion on yourself...so plan to take frequent breaks. You may recognize the signs of heat exhaustion more readily in others.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion...heavy sweating... fatigue...confusion...headache...pale and clammy skin...thirst... dizziness...nausea and vomiting...rapid heartbeat...cramps or weakness.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Be sure to drink plenty of water hours before strenuous activity and then during.
To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.
Each year...a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles during the Summer months. In the past dozen years...500 children have died due to hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle not even for a minute. Remember...beat the heat...check the backseat.