JACKSON, Miss. — American Medical Response responded to this year’s first heat related illness call in central Mississippi.
The ambulance service says soaring temperatures and high humidity can kill, but people can prepare for Mississippi’s summer heat.
Operations manager for American Medical Response ambulance service Stan Alford said, “Even the healthiest among us can suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke, but elders, children up to four years of age, chronically ill individuals, obese people and substance abusers are more vulnerable.”
One way to avoid heat illness is to continuously drink lots of non-alcoholic fluids. Water and sports drinks are recommended. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
If you work outside in the summer heat, try to schedule work in the cooler morning and evening hours. Also, take frequent breaks and look for shade. Your clothes can also help keep you cool. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.
Heat illness can happen inside as well as outside, especially in buildings with no air conditioning.