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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BAY COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS IN THE HEAT

June 22, 2022

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 will be experiencing outside air temperatures near or above 100°F for the next several days. 

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-related illnesses are preventable and can affect anyone subjected to high temperatures for prolonged periods of time,” said Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, CPH, Administrator and Health Officer, DOH-Bay. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the following recommendations: 

Heat Stroke

What To Look For

What To Do

·       High body temperature (103°F or           higher

·       Hot, red, dry, or damp skin

·       Fast, strong pulse

·       Headache, dizziness, nausea

·       Losing consciousness (passing              out)

·       Call 911 right away-heat stroke is a          medical emergency

·       Move the person to a cooler place

·       Help lower the person’s                          temperature with cool cloths                     or a cool bath

·       Do not give the person anything to          drink

 

Heat Exhaustion

What To Look For

What To Do

·       Heavy sweating

·       Cold, pale, and clammy skin

·       Fast, weak pulse

·       Nausea or vomiting

·       Muscle cramps

·       Tiredness or weakness

·       Dizziness

·       Headache

·       Fainting (passing out)

 

·       Move to a cool place

·       Loosen your clothes

·       Put cool, wet cloths on your body            or take a cool bath

·       Sip water

Get medical help right away if:

·       You are throwing up

·       Your symptoms get worse

·       Your symptoms last longer than 1             hour

 

For more information about the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html#text

 About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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