The city of Tyler Fire Department has agreed to be the lead agency for the city's Heat Response Plan. The Heat Response Plan provides information on resources individuals may obtain to get relief from the heat.

Alternative air conditioned spaces are listed as well as possible resources for water and fans. NET Health officials said it is important for family and friends to check on neighbors to see if they need help.

Heat is a killer. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected and will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Heat advisories are announced by local weather reports.

To protect health individuals must be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The human body will generate internal heat from physical exertion and the added environmental heat of high air temperature and direct sun can result in heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion that can lead to heat stroke.

People working or playing outside in extreme heat are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Those at highest risk for death or illness from heat are: the elderly, socially isolated individuals, the physically disabled, those with chronic medical conditions, infants and people taking certain medications.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating leading to dehydration, rapid heart rate, cramps, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and core body heat temperatures of 100 degrees or more. Alertness and mental capacity are often affected as heat strain increases. If symptoms go untreated it can develop into heat stroke and death.

Symptoms of heat stroke include hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. The body's inability to cool itself down may result in permanent organ damage if the person survives. Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature rises above 104 degrees.

Prevention is the best way to avoid heat-related illness. To protect yourself drink plenty of water, wear light loose clothing, establish a work/rest schedule, ensure access to shade or cool areas, and monitor your condition. If symptoms appear take prevention steps immediately. Move the individual to a cooler space, provide water, and apply cool water to their body. If symptoms persist seek medical attention or call 911.

Other agencies or human service entities needing information or administrative assistance should call the city of Tyler Fire Department at 903-535-0005 as the primary contact and/or the Northeast Texas Public Health District at 903-535-0037 as the secondary contact. For public affairs information call the Health District at 903-535-0020. Call 211 as an additional resource.

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