Staying safe during dangerously hot conditions
This weekend, dangerously hot conditions are expected with the heat index forecast to be between 103 and 107 degrees.
“Usually dizziness and then everything starts getting blurry and after that you know something is wrong.” Nelson Alonso, amongst many others who work outdoors, has felt the symptoms of heat exhaustion while on the job. High temperatures can be dangerous, even deadly, if you don’t take the proper precautions. AMR Gulfport Chief of Operations James Carver said, “Well if you get to the point that you’re getting light-headed, dizzy anything like that, make sure you get out of the heat. When people stop sweating, it’s a big problem.”
Carver says when an individual stops sweating it is the first indication that they may be close to experiencing a heat stroke. “Stay out of the heat as much as you can, get into a cold environment, but really the primary thing is to stay hydrated.”
Carver says it’s important to drink the proper hydrating liquids because some, like sodas, may actually dehydrate you. “They cause your kidneys to work a little bit harder and you’re actually losing more water than you are taking in.”
It is also important to remember to stay indoors during peak times if possible, wear light, loose-fitting clothing, and never leave a child alone in a car as a vehicle parked in the sun for just an hour can reach an average cabin temperature of 116 degrees. “Believe it or not, the state of Mississippi is number one per capita with child deaths in a car.”