Health Officials Warn About Extreme Heat This Weekend

We have another day, and experts are warning people to be careful. Dr. Brad Uren with the University of Michigan’s Department of Emergency Medicine explains children under age two and elderly adults cannot regulate their temperatures as well as others and are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat. He notes signs to look for that may indicate emergency help is needed.

“If you see a change in mental status, if they appear to be confused that can be a sign of heat stroke which is a medical emergen,” Uren said. “If you someone that you believe is overheated and confused that is a medical emergency and you should have that person brought to an emergency department right away.”

Uren says it’s a good idea to postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverages, and dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. It’s also a good idea to spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings.