Village of Niles offers tips to avoid heat stress
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:24AM
NILES — The village of Niles would like to remind residents to be on the alert for signs of the different stages of heat stress that may be caused by dangerously high temperatures, a press release on the village website stated.
Proper precautions should be taken to avoid the potential for heat-related illnesses, including:
• staying indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and in the shade if you go outside.
• wearing sunscreen if you cannot find shade, along with loose-fitting, lightweight and bright-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
• if your home is not air conditioned, spending at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned restaurant, stores or other public place.
• staying hydrated by drinking water regularly even if you are not thirsty.
• avoiding exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
• taking a cool shower if you get too hot.
Anyone overcome by the heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, the release stated. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.
“Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle under any circumstances,” the release stated. “This is especially true during hot weather when the car interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes!
“All residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors during periods of extremely hot and humid weather.”