Metro Health issues Level II heat advisory for SA

Residents urged to take precautions to stay cool

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District issued a Level II heat advisory due to rising temperatures over the next few days.  

Level II indicates a sustained heat index greater than or equal to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or air temperature greater than or equal to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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"With the heat and humidity forecast for today and later this week, it is important for the community to keep in mind that excessive heat can pose a health threat" said Interim Metro Health Director Jennifer Herriott. "Adults over 65, children under 4, and people with existing problems such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk."  

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Due to the increasing heat, Metro Health urges residents to take the following precautions:  

  • Spend time in public/private locations with air-conditioning such as public libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, shopping centers/malls during their business hours. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.  
  • Stay well-hydrated, regardless of your activity level.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and appropriate sunscreen.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Avoid heavy and/or hot foods -- they add heat to your body.
  • Limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Monitor those at high risk such as the elderly, infants, young children and people who are ill or have chronic diseases, such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in a closed, parked vehicle.

Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are likely health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.  

The following are warning signs of heatstroke: 

  • Red, hot and moist or dry skin.
  • No sweating.
  • Strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse.
  • Nausea.
  • Confusion or acting strangely. 

If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath, but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). 

Call 911 immediately.

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