HEAT ADVISORY

Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed

From the Harnett County Health Department
Posted 7/6/22

With the heat index continuing to increase and even hotter temperatures predicted, public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department are encouraging residents to take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed.

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HEAT ADVISORY

Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed

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With the heat index continuing to increase and even hotter temperatures predicted, public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department are encouraging residents to take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. You can become ill from the heat if your body cannot compensate for it and properly cool you off.

Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on infants and young children, people 65 or older, people who have a mental illness and those who have chronic health conditions, according to public health officials.

To protect your health when temperatures are high remember the following tips:

Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Find an air-conditioned shelter. Avoid direct sunlight. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Take cool showers or baths.

Stay hydrated: Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat. Drink more water than usual. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Drink from 2 to 4 cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar. Remind others to drink enough water.

Stay Informed: Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.  Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.

For more information, log onto the Harnett County Health Department’s website at www.harnett.org/health.

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