Stay cool, hydrated and informed: Avoid heat-related sickness

With excessive heat warnings in effect throughout the metro area, Minneapolis City officials remind folks to take precautions to keep yourself and your families safe. Exposure to extreme heat can cause severe health effects such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke which may lead to death. Those most at-risk, include the elderly, outdoor workers, athletes, infants and children and people living with a chronic medical condition.

Here are a few steps folks can take to stay safe:

Stay cool

Stay hydrated

Stay informed

Call (612) 673-2301 or visit www.extremeheat.org for more information.

For those who do not speak English, a special phone message has been activated pertaining to severe heat and what to do to stay safe. The recording is available in: English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian, Oromo, and Arabic by calling 1-888-883-8831 and choosing option 2. The service is sponsored by Emergency, Community, and Health Outreach (ECHO).

Published Aug 9, 2010