National Weather Service urges people to take heat risks seriously

July 17, 2013

The National W weather Service in Binghamton has issued a heat advisory from noon to 8 pm Wednesday July 17th, for Yates, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, and Tioga counties.

The combination of heat and humidity with temperatures reaching the low to mid 90sis expected to produce heat indices of 95 to 100 degrees...especially at lower elevations and urban areas.

If precautions are not taken, heat exhaustion or other heat related symptoms could occur for those doing outdoor activities. The very young and elderly are most at risk.

Extra precautions should be taken if you work or spend time outside; when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening,  know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.

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