Staying Hydrated & Safe with Power Outages
While temperatures are cooler than they have been in the last week, the loss of electricity still has the potential to create hot environments. With the current power outage on Hatteras Island, The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services wants to assure residents are able to stay safe, hydrated and know how to address heat related illness.
There are a few general recommendations to keep as cool as possible when power outages occur. Assure you stay hydrated, drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Set up a buddy system, check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you. Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter. Open windows, where possible to allow a cross breeze to cool your house. Wear loose and lightweight clothing. Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
It is essential to be able to recognize the symptoms of heat related illness and seek medical attention when necessary. A heat stroke, is a serious medical emergency that includes: high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry, or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; feeling dizzy; nausea; feeling confused; and losing consciousness (passing out). In this event call 911 right away; move the person to a cooler place; help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath; do not give the person anything to drink.
Heat exhaustion is an illness that can include: heavy sweating; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; muscle cramps; feeling tired, weak or dizzy; headache; and fainting (passing out). If someone is displaying these symptoms move them to a cool place, loosen their clothes, put cool, wet cloths on their body or put them in a cool bath and give them water. Seek medical help if the individual is throwing up; has symptoms that get worse or last longer than one hour.
For more information, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services at 252.475.5003.