“It’s like a heat wave, Burnin’ in my heart, I can’t keep from cryin’, It’s tearin’ me apart…”

“What a cool song…  But lately, temperatures haven’t been so cool. It’s been hot and humid which put an even greater strain on us. Extreme heat is a potential health concern reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”

These conditions can overload your system and lead to heat-related illness and even death. Heat kills more people in the U.S. than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined, according to the National Weather Service.

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Heat exhaustion is characterized by significant sweating, loss of color, cramps, fatigue, fainting and dizziness.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. Body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.  Body temperature is over 103 degrees, dry skin, high heart rate, confusion and even unconsciousness.


If you see someone affected with symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 and get them out of the sun immediately. Cool them down with cool water, towels and fans and loosen or remove clothing.
Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. For more information on the health concerns of extreme heat visit http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php

Keep It Cool!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna