How to stay safe and avoid heat-related illnesses in extreme heat

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dangerous heat returns to the Mid-South this week, and the Tennessee Department of Health urges everyone to follow important safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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The Severe Weather Center 13 team forecasts above-average temperatures this week and a low rain chance until Sunday. We will approach 100° several times this week.

Heat-related illness includes heat exhaustion, which causes heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, or vomiting. The most serious heat-related illness is heat stroke. Heat stroke symptoms include red, dry skin, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

It’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day if you can.

Steps to avoid heat-related illness include:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks
  • Take plenty of breaks
  • Move to a cool place
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Use sunscreen
  • Seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms

Child safety is another concern with hot weather. Do not leave a child in a hot car where they can quickly become overheated, risking serious injury or death.

  • Always double-check the backseat every time when leaving your vehicle.
  • Consider placing a stuffed animal or toy up front as a reminder, or place your purse or another item you would pick up in the backseat with your child.

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