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Heat advisory issued for today
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The National Weather Services is warning that temperature and humidity will push the heat index over 100 this afternoon and into the evening. - photo by Stock photo

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for our area from noon to 7 p.m.

It includes all of southeast Georgia and South Carolina, warning that highs near 100 degrees and humidity will make it seem like it is nearly 105-110 degrees. Those temperatures can cause heat illnesses, if you have to be outside and don't take the proper precautions.

The Liberty County Emergency Management Agency gives these tips:

Do — Slow down, and reduce strenuous activity. Mow the lawn or garden in the early morning or late evening instead of midday.

Do — Dress in lightweight, nonrestrictive, light-colored clothing.

Do — Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids.

Do — Eat light, easy-to-digest foods.

Do — Seek out shade if you have to be outdoors for extended periods. Spend more time in air-conditioned places.

Do — Check on elderly neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure they are okay.

Do — When outside, take frequent dips in the ocean or pool, or mist yourself with a water bottle. When inside, take frequent cool baths or showers and use cold compresses to cool off.

Do — Apply high-SPF sunscreen frequently when outdoors.

Do — Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat illness.

Do —Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. Excessive heat exposure can raise your body temperature to unhealthy levels and may make you ill — it can also be deadly. Take the precautions listed above and be on the lookout for these warning signs that you may be in trouble:


However, remember:

Do not — Leave children, the elderly or pets in a car for any reason for any length of time. A dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures of 180 to over 200 degrees.

Do not — Stay in the sun for long periods.

Do not — take salt tablets unless directed by a physician.

Do not — Drinkalcoholic beverages. They can dehydrate you and increase your risk of heat stroke and other potentially fatal heat-related illnesses.


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