The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for all areas of the county. Heat Index Values 100-105 are expected, with the highest values occurring from 12 noon to 8 PM EDT. These values indicate the level of discomfort felt by high temperatures.
What should you do?
Tip: The ‘Heat Index‘ is a measure of how hot weather “feels” to the body.
The Office of Emergency Management recommends that outdoor work and activity is limited if possible. Take frequent rests in cool, air-conditioned areas to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Proper hydration is also recommended. Do not leave pets or small children in cars, even if it is only for a minute.
Signs of Illness
The Prince George’s Office of Emergency Management recommends these CDC Guidelines for extreme heat:
Signs of Heat Exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold/pale/clammy skin, fast/weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen clothing while applying wet cloths to as much of your body as possible, sip water.
A more severe illness, Heat Stroke is caused by high body temperatures (above 103° F) and includes symptoms such as hot, red, dry or moist skin, as well as rapid and strong pulse. If you or someone else experience these symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY, this is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cooler environment, reduce their body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.