High temperatures bring risk for heat exhaustion – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-06-10 11:18:51 –

Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) — Hot and humid for a week and hot this weekend.

Along with the heat wave, many crowded outdoor events such as the College World Series and Storm Chasing games will be back.

Not only has it exceeded 90 degrees in the last few days, but the humidity has also risen.

Mixing it with a crowded event can overheat a few people if they aren’t ready.

Heat exhaustion can cause faint or dizzyness, excessive sweating, cold, moist skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid but weak pulse and muscle spasms.

Randy Linbecker, a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital and Henry Dory Zoo & Aquarium, said this is why it’s important to remember how to lower body temperature.

Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our more vulnerable communities, children, the elderly, pregnant women and, of course, our pets.

Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in just a few minutes, putting dogs at risk of heat stroke.

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 700 people die from fever each year in the United States.

“People in Nebraska love their outdoor time,” said Dr. Adi Poole, director of health at Douglas County. “But make some simple plans to protect yourself.”

The Douglas County Health Department also has some suggestions for preventing heat-related problems.

• Do not leave people or animals in a closed parked vehicle.
• Drink plenty of water before you get thirsty — water is the best drink.
• Avoid drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine.
• Use the air conditioner as much as possible.
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Outdoor activities should be limited to cool hours in the morning and evening.
• Athletes who participate in outdoor activities require special attention and plenty of water.
• People over the age of 65 are at the same risk as children. Check them out.
• Outdoors, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be used.
• Contact your preferred media for the latest information on heat, especially from noon to 6 pm.

“Heat-related injuries can be avoided,” said Dr. Pour. “Cool, hydrate and watch out for conditions.”

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