Staying safe during excessive heat

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (KBSI) – We have been on a serious heat wave of recent and it’s important to remind people to stay safe and hydrated.   

Many parts of the KBSI Fox23 viewing area have seen excessive heat. These temperatures have gotten so high they’ve even claimed lives. In Gideon, Missouri police say two people died this weekend. 

Jackson firefighter and paramedic Andrew Marler says in these extreme temperatures, it’s important to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. 

“Just like any other medical emergency your body has to keep within that thermal regulation of itself,” said Marler. “They’ve been around long enough where they’ve seen a lot of it but they’re to the point now with their life where they can’t really take care of themselves all the time.” 

In these high temperatures, people can experience severe dehydration with symptoms that include headaches and confusion, dry mouth, and muscle cramps. Marler says if you think you’re dehydrated, it probably means you are. 

If you or someone around you starts to feel these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.  

“So, it’s really important to keep track of your neighbors, your family, your friends especially those that are in our population that really look we have to look after,” said Marler.

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