FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and EMS professionals wants to remind everyone to be cautious outside as temperatures rise this week.
In Fort Wayne, a heat advisory is in effect beginning at noon on Thursday as heat indexes are expected to be above 100 degrees. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, it was 87 degrees with a heat index of 97.
According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more deaths in the United States per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.
The elderly, very young and those with respiratory conditions are most susceptible to serious heat-related illnesses.
Officials suggests you take frequent breaks during outdoor activities, and drink plenty of fluids. You should also check in regularly with family members and neighbors who may not have air conditioning.
Never leave a child or pet in a parked car. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include:
- Muscle cramps
- Body temperature more than 102°F
- Flushed looking appearance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Faint feeling
Officials say anyone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest. They should drink water or a sports drink, but nothing carbonated. Cool, wet washcloths or ice packs will also help with recovery.
If there is no improvement, body temperature won't go down, or the person won't take fluids, go to the emergency room immediately or call 911.
People aren't the only ones who can be harmed by the extreme heat. On Tuesday, Fort Wayne's Department of Animal Care & Control issued a hot weather alert for animal owners.
When possible, you should bring pets into an air-conditioned area of your home , fans are also helpful where air-conditioning is unavailable.
For more weather forecasts and updates, visit WANE's weather page.
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