EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPlay It Smart With Heat Advisory In Effect
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 18, 2013 12:53 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 1:26 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
With the temperatures soaring and high humidity gripping the area, a heat advisory was in effect Thursday for many counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio listed here
Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said temperatures were expected to hit about 94 degrees, with a heat index of 100 degrees.
West Virginia counties under the heat advisory were Cabell, Calhoun, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Wayne, Wirt and Wood. In Kentucky, counties under the advisory were Lewis, Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence. Ohio counties under the advisory were Scioto, Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Vinton and Washington.
One of the things that health officials want to make sure you keep in mind this summer is to never leave your children in the car. Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children.
So far in 2013, 20 children have already died nationwide after being left alone in an unattended vehicle. On a 75-degree day, the interior of a vehicle can reach more than 100 degrees in about half of an hour. Studies show that temperatures will continue to increase about 45 degrees every hour.
"It's never OK to leave a child alone in the vehicle. Small children, their core temperature can rise much quicker than that of an adult," Wes Bender with Safe Kids said.
Julie Kleinert with General Motors said one of the suggestions the company offers "is to make sure you place an object that you need in the rear seat near the child, so that way you will be reminded that your child is in the backseat."
Heat emergencies are health conditions brought on by heat such as heat illness, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms include sweating, dizziness, nausea and fatigue, and in more severe cases, even seizures and unconsciousness.
If you see someone exhibiting these symptoms, have the person lie down in a cool place and elevate his feet. Then apply cool, wet cloths to the person's skin and have him sip slowly on water and make sure to call 911 if symptoms worsen.
Heath officials advise not to give the person anything with caffeine. Children, elderly or the injured are the most susceptible to heat-related problems.
Meanwhile, pets are also susceptible to heat dangers. Make sure to not leave your pets in a parked car, limit their exercise, make sure they have plenty of water with ice in it and shade and make sure when it is this hot to let your pets come inside and take a break from the heat.
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