Heat exhaustion & heat strokes are serious medical emergencies

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To The Daily Sun,
It is going to another hot week. The fourth time this summer that we have experienced prolong heat and humidity. We recommend a few tips — dress lightly, stay out of the direct sun, and drink plenty of water. If you need to get out of your home because of the high temperatures the City Library is open from Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other options are to go to the Senior Center on Church Street; all the city beaches are open and free; the Belknap Mall is air conditioned.
A problem in New England is the humidity levels actual slow down the body's ability to cool down. The body cannot evaporate internal heat as easily when the skin is wet.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies. Dizziness, weakness, fast heartbeat, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting are signs of heat emergencies. Get into the shade and drink plenty of water. If you do not improve within a few minutes call 911. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is a true emergency. Signs of heat stroke are fever, seizures, confusion, skin is hot and dry; this is a life threatening condition — call 911.
If you need assistance you can call 211, if you are having an emergency call 911.
Chief Kenneth L. Erickson
Laconia Fire Department