A massive area of the United States is either under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning. The advisories include much of Tennessee west of Putnam, Overton, White and Pickett counties. Clinton County, Kentucky is under an excessive heat warning while Wayne County, Kentucky is under a heat advisory. This is expected to last until Sunday. The heat index in these areas could reach as high as 108 degrees.
Here are some safety tips provided by the American Heart Association:
Time It Right
Get outside during the coolest parts of the day, like the morning or evening
Avoid outdoor activity from 12-4 PM, the hottest part of the day
Give yourself time to warm up and cool down before each activity
Drink water before, during and after activities, even if you don’t feel thirsty
Fuel up with hydrating fruits and veggies, smoothies and infused water
Carry a water bottle or hydration pack with you for easy hydration
Dress for Comfort
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes
Lace up with breathable shoes, lightweight socks and supportive insoles
Protect yourself with sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen and a hat or visor
If you do have to get outside in extreme temperatures, it is important to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
Cool, moist skin
Dizziness and light-headed
Nausea and vomiting
If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler place, stop exercising and cool down immediately by using cool wet cloths, compresses, and fanning. You need to seek medical attention.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
The symptoms of heat stroke include
Fever (temperature above 104 F)
Dry, hot, and red skin
Rapid, shallow breathing
Rapid, weak pulse
If you experience these symptoms or observe someone else with these symptoms, call 911 or the local emergency number right away.
Conditions are expected to improve starting next week.