NH DHHS Advises People to Take Precautions During Extreme Heat

Concord, NH – With the forecast for the week predicted to be 90 degrees and

above for many regions of the State, the New Hampshire Department of Health

and Human Services (DHHS) is reminding people to take precautions to avoid

heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat stroke, and heat

exhaustion. In an effort to help people seek relief from the heat, cooling

centers have been opened around the State. To find out if there is a

cooling center near you, call 211. People are reminded they can also seek

relief in air conditioned places such as a mall, grocery store, movie

theater or library.

“Heat-related illnesses can come on quickly,” said NH Public Health

Director Dr. Jose Montero, “and we may not even recognize the symptoms.

There are some simple common-sense precautions to take to keep yourself and

your family safe during extended periods of heat. This is especially

important for children and seniors who are more at risk for heat-related

illnesses. Whenever possible stay inside air-conditioning, drink plenty of

fluids – water is best, avoid caffeine and alcohol and large amounts of

sugar, wear light clothing and limit outdoor activities during the hottest

part of the day.

When the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently by sweating, the body

temperature rises and people begin to experience symptoms indicating

distress. Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache;

nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and/or fatigue are symptoms of heat

exhaustion, which generally occurs when people exercise or work in hot,

humid conditions and body fluids are lost. If the person does not take

action, with cool beverages, seeking air conditioning, rest, and removing

heavy clothing, heat stroke can result.

The symptoms of heat stroke include red skin that is hot to the touch;

changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing.

The temperature may rise dramatically and the patient’s skin may feel dry.

If someone is experiencing heat stroke, they should be moved to a cool

place and be cooled down with water if possible, and emergency medical help

should be called immediately because heat stroke can be life threatening.

DHHS is working with regional and State partners to reach out to vulnerable

populations, or people who may not realize they are at risk during extreme

heat. DHHS will provide additional updates as new information becomes

available until the extreme heat ends. For more information on heat-related

illnesses, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov  or the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov . For questions about

animal health and heat, call the Department of Agriculture at 603-271-2404

or visit www.agriculture.nh.gov . For questions related to air quality and

the heat, contact the Department of Environmental Services at 603-271-1370

or visit www.airquality.nh.gov . For concerns about your health or someone

else’s during excessive heat, contact your healthcare provider or call 911

for emergency assistance.


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