With the rough winter, it didn’t seem like a heat wave would ever happen, but the potential for a string of dangerous temperatures started on Tuesday.
When the temperatures start hitting 90 or higher, summer fun can quickly turn dangerous from hot car reminders to camp safety.
Heat stroke can kill, and Dr. Kenneth Robinson of Hartford Hospital said those most at risk are the young and the old.
However, those in-between with cardiac and respiratory issues are more susceptible on a muggy day.
“That can make breathing more difficult for people with underlying respiratory illness,” Robinson said.
Symptoms can come quickly, just after a few minutes under the sun and victims of heat exhaustion can feel dizzy, queasy and have headaches.
“If the body temperature goes up high over 103, 104, they may have a change in behavior, a change in mental status, or they may become unconscious,” Robinson said.
Anyone who feels those symptoms coming on could nip it right in the bud by getting to a cool space and drinking water.
“Cold fluids help more than warm fluids,” Robinson said, adding that alcohol and caffeine, even if cold, can be counter-productive.
“If you drink a lot of alcohol or a lot of caffeine, it's going to end up making it more difficult for your body to manage the heat because they'll end up dehydrating you,” Robinson said.
Younger children also need to be reminded to stay hydrated because they might not recognize the symptoms.
Older adults need to replenish fluids too because doctors said some medications can affect how bodies respond to heat.
The best advice is to stay out of the heat as much as possible.
Those who work in the heat should make sure they are hydrated.
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