Orange County health officials offer tips to prevent heat stroke, exhaustion

Orange County health and law enforcement officials are warning the public to stay prepared and hydrated during record high temperatures in order to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is encouraging residents to stay hydrated and stay indoors if possible, especially those at risk for heat-related illnesses, including the young, old, and those with chronic medical conditions.

“If you don’t have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or a public library. If you need to work outside, take frequent breaks,” reads a press release from FDOH officials.

Children and pets should not be left in parked cars, even with windows open, as cars can heat up more quickly to dangerous temperatures.

Health officials also suggest the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

For anyone exhibiting symptoms of a heatstroke, call 9111 and move to a cooler place as soon as possible. Lower body temperature as soon as possible with cool cloths or a cool bath, and do not drink anything.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, extreme weakness or fatigue, dizziness and confusion, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, muscle cramps, slightly elevated body temperature and fast/shallow breathing.

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