FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) With temperatures reaching the mid-90s with a heat index of about 100 on Tuesday, Hoosiers are reminded to take precautions.
According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more deaths in the United States per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Many are probably not ready for extreme heat as the last time the area saw warmth like this was 52 days ago on July 19th when the temperature hit 91.
The forecast on Tuesday is 95, which would make it the hottest day of 2013 by a long shot. The previous warmest day was on July 18th when the temperature hit 92.
The average high for the day is 78, but the area has seen temperatures in the 90s in September before. The record high for the day 97 back in 1983. The last time we any temperatures in the 90s in September was back in 2011 when Sept. 1 to 3 saw highs in the middle 90s.
The elderly, very young and those with respiratory conditions are most susceptible to serious heat-related illnesses.
Make sure to take frequent breaks during outdoor activities and drink plenty of fluids. Check in regularly with family members and neighbors who may not have air conditioning, especially those that may be at a higher risk.
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
Anyone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest. They should drink water or a sports drink. Do NOT drink anything 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.
Keep pets safe in the heat
People aren't the only ones who can be harmed by the extreme heat.
When possible, you should bring pets into an air-conditioned area of your home, fans are also helpful where air-conditioning is unavailable.
Make sure animals have a shady, sheltered place with plenty of fresh water that cannot be spilled if pets are left alone.
Heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, a staggering gait and vomiting are signs that your pet may be suffering from heat stress. Contact a veterinarian immediately.
It is a violation to leave pets alone in a vehicle when weather conditions are such that they would pose a health hazard to the animal.
Animals found by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in conditions that pose an immediate health hazard to rhe animal will be taken to the shelter for its safety.
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