MCFRS News Release
WARNING - EXCESSIVE HEAT ADVISORY
Emergency Responders Take Precautions
Summer Temperatures and Heat Index on the Rise!
Local Firefighters Hit the Street with Water
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the metropolitan area. Firefighters will be in certain areas later this afternoon handing out safety information and distributing bottled water reminding citizens to properly hydrate. This is the simplest thing a person can do to avoid heat emergencies. An Excessive Heat Watch and Warning means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures will occur with heat indices of around 110 degrees. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Dry lips and tongue
- Apathy and lack of energy
- Muscle cramping
- Bright-colored or dark urine
Symptoms Of Heat Exhaustion Or Heat Stroke:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid and shallow breathing
- High temperature
- Rapid heart beat
- Decreased alertness or complete loss of consciousness
In fact, when the heat index or “humiture” reaches 94 degrees fire and rescue personnel are advised to suspend all strenuous outside non-emergency activities. When the heat index or “humiture” reaches 97 degrees ALL non-emergency outdoor activities are cancelled. The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service respond to a variety of emergency calls for assistance, some of which require strenuous activity. We constantly monitor our emergency responder’s physical condition and throughout the day remind them to hydrate. Most emergency response units carry large water jugs to help with this effort. Frequently during extreme weather periods, we will call for the services of a canteen/rehab unit and/or air conditioned busses to the scenes of emergencies.
The current heat wave calls for high temperatures, along with ozone levels that can be hazardous to citizens. Most at risk are young children, the elderly and people with health problems such as asthma that are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Check on your neighbors and watch pets, too.
Stay indoors in air conditioning. When outdoors, reduce or eliminate strenuous activity and wear proper protection from the sun. Stay out of the direct sunlight wear light colored clothing, a hat and sunglasses. Drink plenty of water and eat small meals high in protein and eat more often. Slow down – take it easy.
Again, fire fighters throughout Montgomery County will be in certain areas this afternoon and evening, Monday, July 31, 2006 handing out important heat related safety information and distributing bottled water reminding citizens the importance for staying hydrated as one of the important steps required in order to reduce the possibility of suffering from a heat illness……….
Survive the Heat!