Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke Safety Reminders

Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke Safety Reminders
Courtesy of Region 11 Emergency Management.

OMAHA – With dangerous high heat levels developing during this afternoon and early evening, make sure you know the signs of heat exhaustion and a heat stroke.

According to a release from Region 11 Emergency Management in Antelope, Madison and Pierce counties along with the City of Norfolk, officials are wanting everyone to stay safe and cool.

Some heat safety tips and reminders provided include:

Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily, don’t wait until you’re thirsty; avoid caffeine and alcohol which cause us to lose water more rapidly; take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors in an air conditioned space; wear loose fitting, lightly colored and lightweight clothes; check on friends and neighbors; keep your pets water bowls full and give them plenty of shade, rest and air conditioning; never leave kids or pets in a locked car for any length of time; minimize use of heat-generating appliances like stoves or ovens; if you must exercise outdoors, only exercise in the early morning hours, before 8 a.m.; take cool showers or baths to cool down and check the local news and other outlets for important safety information.

When overheating occurs, it is important to know the signs of heat illness and take action.

Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, fainting, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle or abdominal cramps, profuse sweating and a rapid heartbeat. Make sure to drink fluids, remove clothing and cool off.

Signs of a heat stroke are high body temperatures above 103 degrees; hot, red or dry skins; no sweating; rapid and strong pulse or confusion. Call 911 immediately if you or someone notices this.

With a little planning and preparation, we can all stay safe and cool throughout the hot months.

Contact Region 11 Emergency Management for more information at 402-844-2050.


Also, the National Weather Service – Omaha Center is indicating the heat range of 102 to 110 degrees early in the week. A front will end the heat wave by Friday as average temperatures return in the mid-80s this weekend.