TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With temperatures approaching triple digits this week, one medical expert is urging anyone planning to be outside to do so with caution.
Some of those steps include staying hydrated and being self-aware.
According to Dr. Alan Stewart with the Knox County Health Department, heat complications can begin around the 80 degree mark.
“Anything that’s extreme is really quite dangerous, for heat and cold,” Stewart said. “We really do have to pay attention to that, being wise and cognizant about this is being safe. Once things start to happen, things happen fast.”
Early signs of heat stroke include headaches and muscle weakness. Stewart added that more severe cases include people not sweating and having their skin turn red.
“It can be life threatening, you can have kidney failure, your kidneys can shut down,” he said. “People who have heart disease can have heart attacks. Those people we talk about can become unconscious.”
However, for some, being outside is unavoidable. Hank Metzger, owner of Metzger Landscape Inc., said higher temperatures can potentially delay some projects.
“Sometimes things don’t get done quite as fast or it just takes us a little longer,” Metzger said. “But, in the end they get done. Our number one priority is our employees.”
Metzger added that other company steps taken to combat the heat include starting work earlier if needed, providing water to it’s employees and providing longer breaks. Stewart encourages wearing light clothing, sunscreens and being self aware.
“The main thing I think is to stay well hydrated, take plenty of fluid. When people are outside and active, they should be sweating,” Stewart added. “If the temperature reaches near triple digits, postpone your projects.”
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