How to stay safe during record-breaking heat wave

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) The record breaking heat across the Wasatch Front is raising public concerns for Utahns’ health and safety. To stay safe, there are some important things to remember. Marla Brannum, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for the Utah County Health Department, joined Emily Clark, to talk about the specifics.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees on Saturday, forcing kids to keep cool and adults to stay hydrated. The heat is even more intense in Southern Utah. St. George hit a record of 115 degrees. A lot of people are visiting cooler places, hoping it will help. However, some people cannot escape the cruelty of summer. They suffer from heat exhaustion and heat strokes as a result.

“Whether it’s something as simple as just being a little overheated and dehydrated to making a diabetic a larger problem,” said Rob Stafford, a Salt Lake City firefighter and paramedic. 

According to Stafford, sunscreen, shade and water, as well as electrolytes, are essential to stay in the heat for long periods of time.

“If you’re in the heat all day and you’re thinking ‘If I just pound water I’ll be safe’, sometimes that causes something as minor as muscle cramps and as significant as heart attacks,” he said.

Power outages are also worsening the heat problems. They’re not as big of a problem on weekends, as people go out of town, but it’s still important to be energy efficient.

For more information on how to stay cool, and for places you can go to escape the heat(cooling centers), visit SaltLakeHealth.org.

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