On behalf of Chief Montgomery and the Hopkinsville Fire Department, we would like to ask the public to be mindful of the extreme temperatures over the next few days. These types of conditions will place individuals at an increased risk for heat-related illnesses if they do not use necessary precautions.
- Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theaters, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Drink plenty of water – do not wait until you are thirsty. Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
- Eat light meals. Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
- Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. The same advice is good for adults too.
- Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and stay in the shade when possible. Try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours when it is cooler.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
- Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area. Bring your pet indoors where it is cooler when you can.
Heat related illness signs and symptoms
Heat stroke – this is a very serious and life-threatening condition. The skin becomes hot and dry. Your body temperature will rise and you will experience breathing problems. You may become confused and have a rapid pulse. Call immediately for emergency medical treatment by dialing 9-1-1. If possible, move into a cool or air-conditioned area immediately
Heat exhaustion – you will begin to sweat heavily. Your skin will become pale and clammy to the touch. You will be weak and may feel dizzy. Move into a cool area, sponge down with cool water and take sips of water every 15 minutes until you feel better.
Heat cramps – you will begin to sweat heavily with painful spasms in the legs or abdomen. Move out of the heat into a cool area and gently massage the muscle. Take sips of water every 15 minutes until you feel better.