Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

The dog days of summer are here and it just seems to be getting hotter and hotter. News 25’s Kristen Durand tells us what you need to know before heading out in these record high temps this weekend.
South Mississippi is home to some fast growing cities and the expansion doesn’t stop during the summer. For many workers, the labor rises just as fast as the temperatures. Electrician Jacob Huff said, “We’re out here doing electrical work today. We’re out here in this heat every single day.”
And this weekend it’s going to get even hotter. WXXV Meteorologist Rob Knight said, “We’re going to see some of the hottest temperatures of the year thus far. One hundred and ten is the danger zone and the heat index is going to be between 105 and 115 degrees.”
Huff said, “We do this five days a week, usually 10 hours a day. Sometimes, it’s a task in itself just to stay hydrated.”
Whether you’re working in the heat or out for play, medical officials say do not underestimate the dangers of high temperatures. And if you’re heading to the beach this weekend, experts say you won’t need to cancel your plans. Just remember to stay hydrated.
Gregory Doyle with American Medical Response said, “Jump in the water, stay cool. Just stay hydrated. People like to drink alcoholic beverages when they go to the beach, just pace yourself. Take care of things. Pay attention to what you’re doing. Drink responsibly if you’re going to drink and drink a lot of water.”
According to AMR, heat emergencies are what cause the most weather related deaths in Mississippi. If you must go outside, be sure to wear light, loose fitting clothing, find a shady place to sit if you start feeling dizzy and remember to check on others as well.
“Sometimes, it’s tough to pay power bills when it gets hot, you know. Power bills go up, so check on the elderly folks that you know and just try to take care of folks,” said Doyle.

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