How to avoid heat-related illness

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The summer heat is common in Mississippi, but excessive heat is dangerous. An excessive heat warning has been issued for parts of the state on Wednesday, July 28. The heat index may reach 110 degrees in the advisory area and 115 degrees in the warning area.

With the high heat and humidity levels, the temperature can turn deadly. Jim Pollard, with AMR, said you should look out for signs of heat exhaustion.

“Start off with some confusion, disorientation, and they can rapidly progress to substantial weakness and even fainting,” he stated.

Pollard said you should also pay attention to a person’s skin, because someone suffering from heat exhaustion will also sometimes have cool clammy skin.

Here are some safety tips from AMR:

  • Drinking water. 
  • Avoiding the heat as much as possible. 
  • Wear proper clothing such as loose fitting light colors clothing.
  • Carry around an umbrella.

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