Heat Advisory  Statement as of 4:03 PM CDT on August 21, 2014

... Heat advisory now in effect until 7 PM CDT Friday...

* event... heat index readings of 104 to 108.

* Timing... by 10 am readings should exceed 101 and peak between
noon and 5 PM then fall slowly during the early evening.

* Impact... overheating and dehydration can quickly occur if you
will be outdoors today. It can be difficult to recognize the
signs of heat exhaustion on yourself... so plan to take frequent
breaks. You may recognize the signs of heat exhaustion more
readily in others.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion... heavy sweating...
fatigue... confusion... headache... pale and clammy skin... thirst...
dizziness... nausea and vomiting... rapid heartbeat... cramps or weakness.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible... reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water. Be sure to drink plenty of
water hours before strenuous activity and then during.

To reduce risk during outdoor work... the occupational safety and
health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat
should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an
emergency - call 911.

Each year... a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children
accidentally being left in vehicles during the Summer months. In
the past dozen years... 500 children have died due to hyperthermia
after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children
or pets unattended in a vehicle not even for a minute.
Remember... beat the heat... check the backseat.

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