With temperatures expected to hit triple digits local health officials are warning everyone about the dangers of heat stroke.
Tuscarawas County Coroner Dr. James Hubert, who also serves as Tuscarawas County Health Commissioner, says it’s important for everyone to remember to take frequent breaks when outdoors and stay hydrated.
Hubert says those who play sports or exercise outdoors should also remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Rebecca Craig, Registered Nurse and Manger of Emergency Services for Union Hospital, says they have seen an increase recently in patients with heat-related symptoms and dehydration. She says while they are seeing some cases of heat exhaustion, they have yet to treat anyone for heat stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature.
Those with the greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 and older, people who are overweight and people who are ill or on certain medications.