With most of Missouri in an Excessive Heat Watch or Warning through Saturday evening, the possibility of heat stroke will increase.

Be aware of the signs of heatstroke. In a press release from the the Pettis County Health Center (PCHC), the PCHC urges all Pettis county residents and visitors to take the warnings about the risks related to the oppressive heat seriously.

Slow down, take frequent breaks to rest in the shade, drink plenty of water – not only while in the heat, but also before going outside for work or play and find an air conditioned place to cool off for at least part of the day.  The heat stress has a collective impact upon the body.  Those with chronic health problems need to be extra careful as the heat wave stretches through the week.  There are a number of public buildings that are available as places to cool off.  Check on neighbors and family members who may not have air conditioning at home.  Elderly individuals may feel cold and wear a sweater when in reality their body temperature is rising to a dangerous level.

 

A reminder that the signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, pale and clammy skin, fast weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness, headache and fainting.  If you feel these symptoms, move to a cool place, loosen tight clothing, take a cool bath/shower or use cool wet cloths and sip water.   Seek medical care if you are throwing up, the symptoms get worse or last more than 1 hour.

 

Heat stroke is a more serious condition and symptoms include high body temperature (103 degrees or higher) hot, red dry or damp skin, fast strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and loss of consciousness.  Heat stroke is a medical emergency and call 911.  While waiting for EMS, move the person to a cool place and apply cool clothes.  Do not give person anything to drink, particularly is the person is not alert.

 

The Pettis County Health Center is continuing to monitor the health situation of the population.  We will coordinate with city and county officials if there is a significant increase in heat injuries.

 

For additional information, contact Pettis County Health Center at 660-827-1130 or visit our website at www.pettiscountyhealthcenter.com or Facebook page.