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July 21, 2020

Panama City, Fla.The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) urges residents and visitors to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during extremely hot temperatures. Our area is experiencing heat indexes well above 100 degrees. Due to the prospective conditions, DOH-Bay wants residents and visitors to be proactive and ready to beat the heat.

Extreme heat can be the cause of serious health problems if individuals do not take the proper precautions. The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and
making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.

“Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in most years,” said Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, CPH, Administrator and Health Officer, DOH-Bay. “Heat-related illnesses can affect anyone subjected to high temperatures for an extended period of time.”

Protect yourself with these helpful tips:

       Stay hydrated with water; avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages

       Wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing

       Stay cool in an air conditioned area

       Avoid engaging in strenuous activities during peak hours

       Take a cool shower or bath

       Stay tuned in to local weather reports

Know the warning signs of heat-related illness:

       Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)

       Weakness, dizziness or fainting

       Unusually elevated heart rate

       Fast and shallow breathing

       Nausea or vomiting

       Muscle cramps

For more information visit us online at or follow us on Twitter @FLHealthEmerald or call DOH-Bay at (850) 872-4455.

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