Health Department issues hot weather reminder
Residents urged to monitor those vulnerable to high temperatures
With hot weather forecasted across Illinois this week, the Grundy County Health Department is encouraging residents to check on family members and neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather.
High temperatures and humidity can lead to serious health problems, particularly for the elderly and young children. If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a range of heat-related illnesses from, heat rash to heatstroke, which can be fatal.
Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat related-illnesses include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar; decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity; and remain in air conditioning when possible.
The Grundy County Senior Services Division encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone.
When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.
For more information, contact the Grundy County Health Department at (815) 941-3400 or visit the website www.grundyhealth.com.