As Temperatures Near 100, Health Department Urges Vermonters to Keep Cool

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2011

Media Contact: Communication Office

Vermont Department of Health

802-863-7281

 

BURLINGTON – When the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures “in the mid 90s to around 100” on Friday and Saturday, and a Heat Index that’s even higher, the Health Department says “cool it”!

“This is not a good time for a heavy workout, but if you want to run through a cold lawn sprinkler a few times, go right ahead.” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. Dr. Chen, an emergency room physician, has seen the results when people push too hard, forget to cool off or stay hydrated. “Heat stress can be life-threatening, so slow down and cool down for the next few days, and drink plenty of water.”

Take extra precautions to avoid problems during extreme heat. Air conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness. Elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.

Cool-down tips for hot, humid weather:

For more information on heat-related illness visit: http://www.healthvermont.gov and click on “Summer Safety Tips”.

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