CCHD Issues High Heat Index Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory with soaring heat indexes predicted for the next few days. Their forecast shows today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Tuesday, highs near 94, and Wednesday, sunny and hot, with a high near 98 with heat index values as high as 104. The Cecil County Health Department strongly urges county residents to take precautionary measures to safeguard against the potential risks posed by extreme heat.

These exceptionally high heat indexes increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and potentially life-threatening heat strokes. 

To stay safe and cool during these hot days, it is vital to take the following precautions:

Stay Hydrated: Before heading outdoors, drink plenty of water, electrolyte drinks, or sports beverages. 

Stay Indoors: Avoid physical exertion and outdoor activities during the peak heat hours, typically from mid-morning to late afternoon, when temperatures are at their highest.

Seek Shade or Air-Conditioning: If possible, spend time in shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces. If your home is not air-conditioned, seek public spaces like a local library.

Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing.

Check on Vulnerable Individuals, Children, and Pets: Be sure to check on elderly neighbors and those with pre-existing health conditions. Do not leave children or pets in cars for even short periods of time.

If you start to experience symptoms of heat exhaustion (heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, nausea, or vomiting), immediately move to a cooler place, drink water, and rest. Symptoms of heat stroke include a body temperature above 103 degrees, hot, red, dry skin, rapid pulse, and feeling faint. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If someone exhibits signs of heat stroke or severe symptoms of heat exhaustion, call 911 right away.

Cecil County residents are strongly urged to take precautions during this heat wave. If you would like more information and heat safety tips, please visit the CDC website.