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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Heat Advisory for Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties

Due to high temperatures across Northeast Washington, the Northeast Tri County Health District is issuing a heat advisory and is urging people to take extra precautions to avoid heat related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses are preventable, so it is important to know the symptoms and what to do if you or someone around you shows signs of having a heat-related illness. Groups at increased health risk from extreme heat include older adults (ages 65+), people with chronic medical conditions, young children, and those who work or exercise in a high heat environment.

 Health and safety tips to avoid heat-related illness: 

  • Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible. People who do not have air conditioning are advised to seek relief from the heat by visiting friends, relatives, or public places with air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or a lot of sugar.
  • Eat more frequently, but ensure meals are balanced and light.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill, or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day.
  • If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure
  • Ensure pets have plenty of water.

 The early warning signs of heat stress can include decreased energy, slight loss of appetite, light-headedness, and nausea. People experiencing these symptoms should go to a cool environment, drink fluids, remove excess clothing, and rest.

 Serious signs of heat stress can include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, mental confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering, and/or difficulty breathing. People experiencing these symptoms should get immediate medical attention. While waiting for help, move the person to a cool area, remove excess clothing, spray with water, and fan the person. In an emergency, dial 911.

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