PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) – With a Heat Advisory in effect until 7:00 this evening, August 10th, it is important to remember that heat is the number one weather killer in the United States.
The heat index today, what it feels like, was well over 100-degrees today and that trend will continue Wednesday. Try to limit your time spent outdoors. If you can’t limit that time, be sure to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
We reached out to local medical professionals about the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
“When you progress from heat exhaustion to heatstroke, you start seeing signs of neurologic changes but certainly temperature and patient’s age community, you know, what is it windy outside where are the patient’s baseline medical problems.” Said Dr. Victor Chan of OSF Sait Francis Medical Center. It is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion, such as profuse sweating, a fever, and nausea. Heatstroke is significantly more severe and can be fatal if not treated immediately.
During the very hot times in the summer, it is important to keep in touch with your loved ones that may not have to air-condition, are elderly, or have chronic health issues that may make the heat worse for them. Also, it is never safe to leave any person or animal in a car during the summer months. Cars heat up extremely quickly and can be deadly to people and animals.