Southwest District Health issues public health advisory on excessive heat for several counties in Idaho
CALDWELL, Idaho – With temperatures set to exceed 100 degrees for consecutive days over the coming week, Southwest District Health issued a public health advisory on excessive heat for Adams, Canyon, Gem counties on Friday. , Owyhee, Payette and Washington.
What you can do in the next few days
The SWDH has provided this list of what residents of the aforementioned counties can do in anticipation of the next heat wave:
- To drink a lot of water.
- Look for cooler places during the day if air conditioning is not available.
- Limit physical activity.
- Limit sun exposure, especially 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., when the sun is strongest.
- Apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day, at least SPF 30 and at least 20 minutes before going out.
- Check out those who might be prone to heat sensitivities or heat-related illnesses.
- Look before you lock! Never leave children, the elderly or animals unattended in closed vehicles, even for a short time.
- Keep your air conditioning regularly serviced and take precautions.
- Prepare for power outages, due to several households in your area using air conditioning.
- Play in the water! Turn on your sprinklers! Fill the children’s pool!
- Avoid using the oven; plan meals that do not require the use of the oven or stove. Some devices can raise temperatures in the home, as can other electronic devices that are not plugged in or in use.
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Health impacts of extreme heat
In extremely hot temperatures, it is not uncommon to see ailments such as heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and thermal stress.
According to the SWDH, the signs and symptoms of heatstroke vary, but can include the following:
- An extremely high body temperature of 106 or greater°F
- Red, hot and dry skin; no sweating
- Fast and powerful pulse
- Throbbing headaches
Heat stroke can lead to death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given as soon as possible.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or imbalanced fluid replacement.
Like heat stroke, the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion vary, but can include the following, depending on the SWDH:
- Profuse sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin: may be cool and damp
- Pulse rate: fast and weak
- Breathing: rapid and shallow