State health officials in Nebraska are warning citizens about the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Temperatures of 90-plus degrees and humidity levels of 40 percent or more put people in the danger zone for heat-related illnesses. This happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Nebraska chief medical officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says infants and the elderly are most at risk as are the obese, chronically ill and people who take medicines such as antidepressants and tranquilizers. Schaefer offers these tips:
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.
Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
If outdoors, slow your pace and take frequent rest breaks to cool off.
Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.