Metro Health issues heat advisory ahead of scorching weekend

Staying cool, drinking water top the list of recommendations

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The sun is fun, but the heat brings its own hazards.

As San Antonio sweated its way through a ninth consecutive day of 100-degree weather, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District issued a Level Two Heat Advisory in advance of a potentially scorching weekend.

In order to avoid heat stroke, Metro Health is advising residents take precautions such as keeping cool and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

"Sips of water," said Carol Schliesinger, Metro Health spokeswoman. "You know, just mixing fruit with your water to make it taste better if you're not much of a water drinker, but it's important to hydrate your body."

To keep cool, Metro Health recommends keeping away from outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day, and, ideally, keeping indoors in a place with air conditioning.

"If you don't have A/C. then take the bus to an air-conditioned mall or a library — any kind of cooling location where you can get some break from the heat," Schliesinger said.

Make sure to keep an eye out for symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion such as dizziness, nausea, hot and red skin, disorientation or a lack of sweating in the heat.

"If you encounter those symptoms, it's important not to put the person directly into a bath of ice," Schliesinger said. "It's just important to cool them down with a cool, wet cloth and slowly bringing them into a cool place."

Schliesinger also recommended checking on neighbors.

"The elderly and the children are really most at risk from extreme heat complications, so we definitely want everybody to take care of everyone," she said.

"Everyone" includes any furry friends residents might have. Animal Care Services said it sees animals die from heat-related issues every year.

"If you're walking your dog, don't walk them during the heat of the day, provide them with water, remember that the bottoms of their feet can burn on pavement," said Lyssa MacMillan, with ACS.

If your dog is outside, she said, make sure it has shade, shelter and water. However, "bring them inside if possible, into the air conditioning," MacMillan said. "That's where we all want to be when it's this hot, is inside in the A/C."

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