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Seniors and Children At Risk for Heat Exhaustion

Seniors and Children At Risk for Heat Exhaustion

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Temperatures were blazing again Wednesday across the Carolinas.  The blistering heat can be especially dangerous for senior citizens and children.  Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County Health Director, says both groups are vulnerable to heat exhaustion.   He offers some advice:  “If they are your neighbors, you need to check on them.  If they are [members] of your family or friends, you need to check on them.  Make sure they don’t seem sick or confused, because they can get in trouble fast.”

The folks at the McCrorey YMCA in West Charlotte follow an established plan when temperature and humidity levels reach the danger zone.  Rebecca Grobe, a manager at the McCrorey YMCA explains: “We do most of our outdoor activities in the morning before it gets too hot.  We have shaded areas for midday if we’re doing activities [outside].”

The signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, sweating, nausea, and shortness of breath.  If you see seniors or young children who exhibit these signs, get help.  It could be heat exhaustion.


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