Health Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions To Avoid Heat Stress
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- With high temperatures expected to last through the summer health officials say it's imperative that local residents take action to prevent heat-related problems. According to the Mesa County Health Department, excessive heat exposure is especially dangerous to infants and children, adults 65 years and older, and people with chronic medical conditions. Many summer events and activities take place in areas that are heavily exposed to direct sunlight and heat. To protect you and your family’s health, experts are asking you to keep in mind the following tips: Drinking plenty of fluids Avoid beverages with alcohol or large amounts of sugar Stay cool by carefully scheduling your time outdoors Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing Monitor those at higher risk Never leave children in cars- even for a minute Recognize common signs of heat-related illnesses, including dizziness, headache, nausea, unconsciousness, muscle cramps, and skin irritation, and redness. For more information, you can call the Mesa County Health Department at 970-248-6900.