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It’s Hot As Hell. Read And Heed.

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

Bull.

It’s the heat and the humidity. 

Michael Kronick — who as Westport fire chief and emergency management director knows a thing or two about hot temperatures — says:

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the region. The heat index over the next several days will be dangerous. We encourage residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones, and check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbors.

Prolonged exposure to heat can lead to dehydration, overheating, heat illness and even death. It is important to pay attention to the weather if spending time outside working or participating in recreation activities.

Parents should never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a few minutes; temperatures inside a car rapidly increase and can reach dangerous and fatal temperatures in as little as 10 minutes. Approximately 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle.

Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Children, adults 65 and older, those without access to air conditioning, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable.

To reduce the risk of heat-related illness:

This dog is NOT locked in a sweltering car. (Photo courtesy of Dogster.com)

Heat exposure can be life threatening. Should any of the following occur, get out of the heat, loosen any tight or heavy clothing, and drink plenty of water:

The ASPCA recommends that you give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Pets should have a shady place to get out of the sun. Be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Never let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Pet owners must not leave pets unattended in vehicles or outdoors.”

If you or someone you know experiences heat-related illness, move to a cool place, drink water, place cold cloths on the body and seek medical attention.For additional safety tips and information, please click here.

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