Updated: Friday, 06 Jul 2012, 4:35 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 06 Jul 2012, 4:33 PM CDT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the public of a dangerous and deadly heat wave continues to smother much of the country, with more record-breaking temperatures forecast through the weekend.
According to the CDC, news reports indicate at least two people have died as a result of the extreme temperatures so far.
“Extreme heat affects all of us but the most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition,” said Christopher J. Portier, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control. “Taking precautions to stay cool, hydrated and informed helps to prevent serious health effects, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke during extreme heat.”
The CDC said some symptoms of heat-related illness include nausea, dizziness and heavy sweating.
The CDC said get victims to a cool, shady area as soon as possible and provide cool, nonalcoholic beverages. If the person is having trouble breathing, loses consciousness or vomits, call 911 immediately. The CDC warns he or she may be suffering from heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.
They said air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat-related illness and death.
Officials said people who don’t have air conditioning at home may want to seek relief with family members or friends, or even at a local mall. Many communities also offer heat-relief shelters.
The CDC also offers these safety tips for dealing with the heat:
Michael Gillerlane, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance, recommends checking on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors at least twice a day, to help ensure their health and safety during extreme heat spells.
“It’s unusual to have this many record-breaking heat waves so early in the summer,” Gillerlane said. “But it’s important to keep these safety tips in mind over the next few months, since there are many more hot days to come.”
For more information on heat safety, visit www.cdc.gov .