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:
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.