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High heat poses extreme health and safety hazard


sun_01.JPGThe National Weather Service has issued high heat warnings for middle Tennessee and the quad-state region for a period of time for Saturday and extending into the coming week. Daytime highs will range from 96 to 100 degrees, with high humidity and dewpoints, creating heat indexes in the 100-105 degree range, possibly higher in areas where the “heat island effect” may occur. The “heat island” effect most often occurs in urban areas where pavement, concrete and buildings “trap” heat and magnify temperatures by as much as six degrees over the surrounding area.

bottled-water.jpgIn a special weather statement issued late Friday night (Aug. 3), the NWS recommended using caution when undertaking any outdoor activities or travel during the upcoming days, and suggested timing necessary excursions for the coolest parts of the day, namely early morning or late evening. While the excessive heat is dangerous to everyone, the elderly, children, and people with health issues, high blood pressure an/or respiratory conditions are particularly susceptible to excessive heat.

“Checking on your neighbors” is a good idea, particularly if they are elderly or infirm and who may need assistance. Do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle for even a few minutes; interior temperatures in a closed vehicle can reach 140 degrees in a matter of minutes. Heat can kill. «Read the rest of this article»

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