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Metro Health: How to prepare for the heat

Carol Schliesinger, PR Manager for San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, said drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat outlook.

SAN ANTONIO - Heat preparedness is so important during the hot Texas summer months. Carol Schliesinger, PR Manager for San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, said drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat outlook.

Here is more information from Metro Health's website:

"People should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, children or those with special needs, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.

Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible health effects resulting from this heat level. Heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.

Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.

Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV representing a normal/routine condition and Level I representing a maximum readiness/excessive heat warning. The heat plan provides information on how individuals can prepare for, prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. We encourage individuals to share this plan with anyone who might utilize this information."

For more information, click HERE.

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