News Flash - It's Hot! Find out what that means for MedStar.

Record-setting temperatures are keeping MedStar professionals busy responding to heat-related emergencies.  Several local news agencies have recently sent reporters out with MedStar to get a first-hand look.

 

The 33 News

Reporter:  Daniel Novick 

 

 

WFAA, Channel 8

Reporter:  Jim Douglas

 

 

FOX 4

Reporter:  Brandon Todd

 

 

 


 

 

 

Precautions to Beat the Heat:

 Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water regularly
  • Don’t wait until you are thirsty, drink continuously
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks as they can worsen the affects of heat

Cool your body

  • Stay in the shade or air conditioning if possible; go swimming
  • Keep air moving around your body
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Place cool, wet cloths or ice on the neck, under the arms or in groin area
  • Use an umbrella or wide brim hat to limit exposure to direct sun

Limit or avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day

Take extra care with children and the elderly

  • Bodies of the young and old do not cool as effectively as in adults
  • Supervise children to ensure proper hydration and limit activity
  • Check on elderly neighbors regularly and help reinforce these tips

 


  

 

Warning signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body loses its ability to regulate temperature due to exposure in a hot environment. If you suspect heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • High body temperature – over 103
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Changes in mental status such as confusion, irritability or personality changes
  • Fainting or extreme fatigue, feeling dizzy or weak
  • Hot, dry skin or lack of sweating
  • Headache, nausea

 


 

Resources:

Residents also can call 2-1-1 to get information from health and human services programs which may be able to assist with utility bills, fans, air conditioners, etc.