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Officials urge residents to heed tips on avoiding heat-related illnesses

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STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

With the state in the midst of its first potential heat wave of the year, state and local officials are urging people to keep cool and be on the lookout for heat-related illnesses.

Stamford joined a number of cities and towns in opening cooling centers.

The city’s director of Health and Social Services, Anne Fountain, advised people and visitors to take precautions.

She said the signs of heat stroke include:

  • Body temperature greater than or equal to 105 degrees.
  • Skin that his hot and dry with red spots.
  • Mental confusion.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Convulsions.

Anyone experiencing those symptoms should dial 911 or visit an emergency room, Fountain said.

She also urged people to be prepared for conditions with the following tips:

  • Have a doctor’s number handy.
  • Drink more fluids than usual.
  • Don’t drink beverages that contain caffeine, alcohol, large amounts of sugar or are very cold.
  • Stay indoors or in an air-conditioned place.
  • Avoid electric fans in 90 degree temperatures. They may provide comfort, but won’t prevent heat-related illnesses.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave a person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Check on adults over 65-years-old and infants often.
  • Exercisers should drink two to four glasses of cool non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Rest in shady areas.
  • Wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

For more information on how to beat heat-related illnesses and how to avoid them, check out the state Department of Public Health’s website here.

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