12 Heat Related Emergency Calls in Kanawha County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency officials in Kanawha County say they have received a dozen heat related calls in the past week.

Kanawha County Emergency Management and Metro 911 are urging residents to stay indoors, preferably in air conditioning.

A heat advisory has been put into place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in Kanawha County and surrounding counties.

Emergency officials say if you must be outdoors, stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight.

The agencies are also advising residents not to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, even for a short period of time.

If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, check in on them during periods of extreme heat.

The early symptoms of heat illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include headache, dizziness/light headedness, weakness, nausea/vomiting and dark urine.

If someone is suffering from any of these symptoms, advise them to lie down in a cool place and elevate their feet.

You can also apply cool, wet cloths to the person's body and use a fan to lower their body temperature.

Emergency officials suggest calling 911 if someone you know loses consciousness, there is a change in their alertness, they experience rapid pulse or rapid breathing, or if their condition dose not improve after you've tried to cool them down.

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