TODAY: SUMMER HEAT ADVISORY


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As Rhode Island enters the height of summer, older adults are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons:

In order to stay safe during the heat of the summer months, residents should plan properly when the temperatures start to rise:

Heat Stoke; extremely high body temperature, red hot dry skin, rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness. If you or someone else is experiencing this, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat Exhaustion; Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, fainting. If you or someone else experiences this, move to a cool shady location, and drink cool water. If symptoms are severe or worsen, seek immediate medical attention

Dehydration: Of particular concern are the risks associated with dehydration for the older and/or frail population because of medical conditions, age, dementia, medications, and many other factors.  To prevent dehydration, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids throughout the day, even if you are not feeling thirsty.  This is very important for elderly, frail, persons with chronic illnesses or persons taking medications that increase fluid loss or decrease ability to regulate or sense body temperature. 


The City of Providence has announced a list of cooling centers, provided below.  An updated listing can be found at www.providenceri.com/PEMA .  A listing of cooling centers available throughout the State can be found at http://www.riema.ri.gov/prepare/threats/heat/index2.php .
For more information on the effects of heat on older adults, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/older-adults-heat.asp.