Experts warn of heat exhaustion, share safety tips for those hot days

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County was sweltering Wednesday with temperatures reaching the low to middle 90s with feel-like temperatures in the low 100s.

“We definitely recommend people stay hydrated,” said Jim McArthur, deputy director with Pitt County Emergency Management. He also recommends people limit their time outdoors. If you have to be outside, he said you should wear protective clothing.

“Stay in the shade when possible or climate-controlled buildings or vehicles,” he said.

That’s because heat exhaustion can set in quickly.

“Heat exhaustion and long-term exposure to the heat and not being prepared for that can lead to much more severe health effects,” he said. “Heat exhaustion is our bodies telling us that it’s too hot, that we are overexerted or it’s uncomfortable.”

McArthur said your body will give you signs of when you’re overheating.

“Excessive sweating, redness or skin discoloration, dizziness, fatigue. When we don’t recognize it, when we’re not ready for that or refuse to acknowledge, it can lead to heatstroke or cardiac arrest,” he said.

McArthur also reminds everyone to check their backseat for children and pets before getting out of their car.

“In the sunlight, the cars heat up so quickly, were baking whatever is in there and that’s unacceptable. It has severe consequences very quickly,” said McArthur.

“People need to check on their neighbors to make sure they have fans or some way of cooling themselves off if they don’t have air condition,” he said.

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