National Weather Service issues heat advisory for Friday afternoon, evening
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Friday From noon until 7 p.m.
According to a news release from the Kanawha County Commission, emergency medical units in the area have already responded to several reported issues of heat illnesses Thursday.
The National Weather Service said Friday will feel even hotter. Emergency management units and many Kanawha County Emergency Ambulances will have coolers with sports drinks, bottled water and ice and will respond as needed to emergencies where responders may overheat.
They warn that those most susceptible to humidity and heat-related illness are children, the elderly and people engaging in strenuous physical activity.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following guidelines to avoid heat related illness.
· Be sure to have adequate amounts of drinking water in a convenient location
· Encourage workers who must be outside in the heat to choose water over soda and other drinks containing caffeine and high sugar content
· Remind workers to drink small amounts of water often (before they become thirsty).
· A good rule of thumb is to drink about 4 cups of water every hour when the heat index suggest a moderate risk level
· Schedule frequent rest breaks in a cool, shaded area
· If someone shows signs or symptoms of a heat related illness call seek medical attention quickly