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How to protect yourself as extreme heat arrives in Tennessee

Here are some tips on how to prepare for and recognize heat-related symptoms as extreme heat impacts Tennessee.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Extreme heat continues to impact the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Health urged residents Monday to follow important safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses. 

‘’Summer is usually a great time to be outdoors, and it is important to be careful when you’re out in the sun, especially in recent high temperatures occurring across the state,’’ said Tennessee Health Commissioner Morgan McDonald. "To avoid heat-related illness, it’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.’’

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Heat-related illness includes heat exhaustion which causes heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness and nausea or vomiting. The most serious heat-related illness is heat stroke.

Heat stroke symptoms include red, dry skin, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea and confusion.

Steps to avoid heat-related illness include:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding alcohol and carbonated drinks
  • Taking plenty of breaks 
  • Moving to a cool place 
  • Wearing light, loose fitting clothing 
  • Using sunscreen 
  • Seeking medical attention if experiencing symptoms

Child safety is another concern with hot weather. Don't leave a child in a hot car where they can quickly become overheated risking serious injury or death. 

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As a reminder, always double check the backseat every time when leaving your car. Consider placing a stuffed animal or toy up front as a reminder, or put your purse or other item you would pick up in the backseat with your child.

Athletic and other camps are an exciting part of summer, and it's important to take steps to keep campers and staff safe.

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  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully to avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Camp staff should look for signs of heat-related illness and make sure participants are taking appropriate precautions

You can find more heat safety tips on the CDC's website.

Download our ABC24 app (iPhone | Android) to keep track of severe weather. 

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