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Posted on: July 2, 2018

County Asks Residents and Visitors to "Stay Cool" During Hot Weather

County Asks Residents and Visitors to “Stay Cool” During Hot Weather

June 29, 2018 - Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – With temperatures in triple digits this week around much of the state, Clear Creek County is reminding residents and visitors to be aware and prepare for the hot, dry weather to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. These conditions happen because the body’s temperature rises faster than the body can cool itself down. Generally, older adults, the very young, people with mental illness and chronic diseases, and people living without air conditioning are at highest risk for heat-related illness. However, heat can also affect young and healthy people if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

To avoid illness from heat, public health officials recommend:

- Drink water to stay hydrated; don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks or alcohol, as they cause the loss of body fluid.

- Stay in an air-conditioned area, such as a shopping mall or library. Even a few hours in an air conditioned environment can keep the body cool.

- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.

- Limit outdoor activity to when it’s coolest.

- Avoid preparing or eating hot meals; they add to body heat.

- Provide pets with plenty of fresh water.

- Visit adults who are at greater risk at least twice daily, and watch them closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Those at greater risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke should be watched closely. Anyone experiencing signs of heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool place as soon as possible. Applying cool, wet cloths to their head and bodies, or placing them in a cool bath can also help cool them down. People should get medical help immediately if they vomit, their symptoms last longer than one hour, or their symptoms worsen.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Tiredness or weakness
- Dizziness
- Headache
- Fainting

For more information about heat-related illness, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html.
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For more information, contact John Bryan, Communications Director, at 303-679-2307, or email: jbryan@co.clear-creek.co.us.
Clear Creek County Official Website: http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/
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