With Idaho heat wave, old and young most at risk

With 104-degree heat expected Saturday, 106 Sunday and flirting with triple digits all next week, Idaho officials issued a public health warning and advice on avoiding heat exhaustion and stroke, even for otherwise healthy people.

Most at-risk are children up to 4, people 65 and older and anyone overweight, sick or taking certain medicines. But everyone should stay as cool as possible and limit time outdoors in extreme heat. Plan activities for the cool mornings and check on elderly or disabled neighbors, Elke Shaw-Tulloch, state health officer and administrator for the Division of Public Health, said in a statement. Old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation and even sunburn can hinder the body’s ability to cool down. Here’s advice from her office:

• Stay out of the sun and inside air-conditioned buildings, even if you have to go to a mall, library or other public place.

The city of Boise opened a community rec center

for people who want to cool off. If you do get overheated, take a cool shower or bath.

• Drink more water than normal. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary beverages.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Never leave children or pets in a parked car, not even for short periods.

• Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, heavy sweat, paleness, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting and headache. Heat stroke: Difficulty breathing, not sweating, hallucinations, feelings of disorientation, rapid and weak pulse and body temperature over 103.


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