Protecting yourself from heat-related illnesses

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We’re already off to a warm start Monday morning.

In extreme heat, it’s important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses. 

Experiencing nausea, dizziness, or headaches are all signs you could be in trouble after being out in extreme temperatures. Heat strains your body, and that can be a serious health issue. 

If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, you could be suffering from heat stroke. Dry, red, hot skin is also an indicator that you could be suffering from heat stroke.

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris said signs of heat stress include loss of appetite, lack of energy, cramping, and fainting. 

People out in the heat on Monday told 22News they try to avoid being out in this kind of heat. 

“It gets me tired so I try to stay in the AC as much as possible,” said Anibal Rodriguez of Springfield.

Caulton-Harris said some people are more vulnerable to heat stress. People with diabetes, high blood pressure or previous strokes should be extra cautious in extreme heat. Caulton-Harris recommends avoiding strenuous work during the day, drinking lots of water and checking on elderly family members and neighbors.

The city also reminds people to make sure their pets have plenty of water as well, and always check the rear seat to make sure you’re not leaving anyone there when you park the car.

The National Weather Service is urging people to remember to slow down and reduce any strenuous activity, drink plenty of water and decaffeinated fluids, and avoid protein-rich meals, like meat which increase water loss.

If your symptoms last longer than an hour, get medical attention right away.

Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to heat stroke.

Szot Park in Chicopee is one of many places in the area to take your child to cool down.

For a full list of splash pads in the area click here. 

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