We’ve Got Your Back: Preventing heat-related illnesses

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Monday may be the official start to summer, but you can’t tell that by stepping outside. It’s time to deal with the excessive heat.

We’ve got your back on how this heat can have a dangerous impact on your health.

Wednesday topped the charts as the   hottest day of the year thus far, and it’s not going to cool off any time soon.

In the peak of the heat wave, between the hours of 2 o’clock and 6 o’clock this afternoon, temperatures reached 100 degrees. Residents, hospitals and businesses kept Westar Energy busy with power outages.

Outages forced the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library to lock up early.

Stormont-Vail also lost power for a brief moment on the south side of the hospital, but the problem with fixed thanks to back up generators.

It is important to remember when it is this hot outside you don’t want to overdo it.

“We’ve had several calls over the last few days, relation to heat type calls,” said Jon Antrim, with the American Medical Response. “Really the ones that are the most susceptible…infants, children and elderly are the ones we are really concerned about.”

The A.M.R. for Shawnee County responded to at least two heat related illnesses Wednesday afternoon. And mostly there will be more cases throughout the week.

So here are some signs you need to follow. Some signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps, weakness
  • And if your body temperature increases to 104 to 106 degrees, you may be experiencing a heat stroke.

“Once you get to that heat stroke point, the body stops producing sweat and it stops cooling itself. Essentially the organs are basically cooking inside,” said Antrim.

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