Exceptionally hot and humid conditions are predicted for the coming days, and local emergency management officials urge residents to take precautions. The National Weather Service expects heat index values to reach 100 to 105 degrees tomorrow and Saturday.
The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency has a few vital safety reminders:
Never leave children, pets, or disabled adults in parked vehicles. Temperatures inside can quickly reach dangerous levels, even if windows are opened slightly. That can put occupants at risk of hyperthermia.
If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned building. Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. If your skin starts to feel hot, or if you start experiencing a headache, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting, immediately seek shelter and get medical attention. Those may be symptoms of a heat-related illness.
Additionally, check on family and friends who don’t have air conditioning, and make sure any outdoor animals have plenty of fresh water and shade.