Can you take the heat? Austin has a new online resource for hot summer tips and info

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin is already seeing some triple-digit heat this summer and even more are expected.

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Safety officials with the City of Austin want to remind residents to learn the signs of heat-related illnesses. The City launched a heat awareness webpage as a resource hub surrounding heat safety information, including identified public cooling centers.

Infants, children, older adults, people working outdoors, athletes and people with chronic medical conditions have a higher risk for heat-related illness, but it can happen to anyone. Knowing the signs of heat-related illnesses can save you or a loved one’s life:

  • Heat cramps- If someone experiences muscle pains or spasms in their stomach arms or legs, move them to a cooler location and remove excess clothing.
  • Heat exhaustion- If someone experiences heavy sweating, paleness, cramps, nausea or dizziness, move them to a cooler location, remove clothing and have them lie down and take a cool bath.
  • Heatstroke- If someone experiences a lack of sweating, red skin, a rapid pulse, dizziness, confusion, and unconsciousness, seek immediate medical help.

More information:  http://www.AustinTexas.gov/HeatAware

WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT:

  • Drink plenty of water & avoid beverages containing sugar
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Seek shade often
  • Reapply sunscreen & wear a wide-brimmed hat & sunglasses
  • Avoid high-energy activities during peak heating hours of the day
  • Ensure children and pets are not left in vehicles

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