County Urges Individuals to Take Precautions during Extreme Heat

 

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – For the next few days, Chautauqua County will be in the grips of extreme heat – summertime temperatures that are much hotter than average and high humidity levels. Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, over 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.
“In the coming days we will see the highest temperatures so far this year here in Chautauqua County,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “Please be aware of the impact this heat and humidity can have on you, your loved ones and your pets.”
“It is critically important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses,” said Christine Schuyler, County Director of Health and Human Services. “Infants, children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure are especially at risk of heat-related illnesses and
death.”
KNOW THE SIGNS
Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them. Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

HEAT STROKE
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• High body temperature (103°F or higher)
• Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
• Fast, strong pulse
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Confusion
• Losing consciousness (passing out)
WHAT TO DO
• Call 911 right away-heat stroke is a medical
emergency
• Move the person to a cooler place
• Help lower the person’s temperature with cool
cloths or a cool bath
• Do not give the person anything to drink

HEAT EXHAUSTION
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• Heavy sweating

WHAT TO DO
• Move to a cool place
• Cold, pale, and clammy skin
• Fast, weak pulse
• Nausea or vomiting
• Muscle cramps
• Tiredness or weakness
• Dizziness
• Headache
• Fainting (passing out)
• Loosen your clothes
• Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool
bath
• Sip water
Get medical help right away if:
• You are throwing up
• Your symptoms get worse
• Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour

HEAT CRAMPS
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• Heavy sweating during intense exercise
• Muscle pain or spasms

WHAT TO DO
• Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
• Drink water or a sports drink
• Wait for cramps to go away before you do any
more physical activity
Get medical help right away if:
• Cramps last longer than 1 hour
• You’re on a low-sodium diet
• You have heart problems

SUNBURN
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• Painful, red, and warm skin
• Blisters on the skin

WHAT TO DO
• Stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals
• Put cool cloths on sunburned areas or take a cool bath
• Put moisturizing lotion or aloe on sunburned areas
• Do not break blisters

HEAT RASH
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin, or in elbow creases)
WHAT TO DO
• Stay in a cool, dry place
• Keep the rash dry
• Use powder (like baby powder) to soothe the rash
STAY COOL
• Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall/store or a public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven
less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

 

There are 16 cooling centers available in Chautauqua County. They include:

Ahira Hall Memorial Library 37 W Main St., Brocton, NY 14716

792-9418 M & W: 1P-8P, Tu & Thu: 10A-5P,F: 1P-5P, Sa: 10A-1P

Anderson-Lee Library 43 Main St. Silver Creek, NY 14136

934-3468 M & Tu: 12 P-8P, W: Closed, Thu: 10A-8P, F: 12P-5P, Sa: 10A-2P

Ashville Free Library 2200 N Maple Ave. Ashville, NY 14710

763-9906 M – F: 9:30A-5P & 6:30P-8:30P, Sa: 10A-1P

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc 10825 Bennett Rd. Dunkirk, NY 14048

366-8176 M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc 402 Chandler St. Jamestown, NY 14701

661-9430 M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Darwin R. Barker Library Assoc. 7 Day St, Fredonia, NY 14063

672-8051 M – Th: 10A-8P, F & Sa: 10A-5P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services 319 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048

363-3500 M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services 110 East 4th St. Jamestown, NY 14701 661-8200 M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services 7 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757

753-4421 M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Dunkirk Public Library 536 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048

366-2511 M – Th: 10A-8P, F & Sa: 10A-5P

Ellington-Farman Free Library 760 Thornton Rd. Ellington, NY 14732

287-2945 M – Th: 11A-7P, Sa: 10A-1P

Fluvanna Free Library 3532 Fluvanna Ave. Ext., Jamestown, NY 14701

487-1773 M-F: 10A – 6P, Sa: 10A – 2P

Hazeltine Public Library 891 Busti-Sugar Grove Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701

487-1281 M, W, F: 1P-5P & 6:30P-8:30P, Tu & Th: 9A-5P, Sa: 9A-1P

James Prendergast Library Assoc. 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY 14701

484-7135 M – Th: 10A – 8:30P, F: 10A – 5P, Sa: 10A – 4P

Patterson Library 40 South Portage St., Westfield, NY 14787

326-2154 M, W, F, Sa: 9A-5P, Tu & Thu: 9A-8P

Sinclairville Free Library 15 Main St, Sinclairville, NY 14782

962-5885 M & Th: 2P-7P, W: 9A-5P, F: 10A-4P, Sa: 10A-1P

• Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.

• Pace Yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

• Wear Sunscreen: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.

• Do Not Leave Children or Pets in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying.

STAY HYDRATED

• Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.

• Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt
tablets.

• Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave it in a shady area.
For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov .