It's starting to feel like summer

Friday, July 19, 2013

This week has been a sampling of the torrid temperatures from last year's drought, and it will continue through today.

According to the National Weather Service, this will be the "most significant hot spell in central Indiana since last summer."

Today's heat index could reach up to 100 degrees, as it's done throughout the week.

Although, the heat index is not the actual temperature but what it feels like when the effects of the temperature and humidity are combined.

Putnam County Health Officer Dr. Robert Heavin said take breaks throughout the day and do not push yourself through it because it can make it worse.

"Also, if you keep your air moving, it helps," Heavin said.

Putnam County hasn't had any records of heat strokes in the past year, but they are possible in this heat.

Heat exhaustion makes one feel weak, dizzy and sweaty. Heavin said once you lie down and drink water, it should go away within 15 to 30 minutes.

"If you're not feeling better, check with your primary physician because it could something else," he said.

If it continues, there is a chance of a heat stroke.

When your body quits sweating and your body temperature rises, there is a possibility of a heat stroke, Heavin said.

"Excessive heat can be deadly," said Stephanie Land, the emergency services director of the Wabash Valley Red Cross, in a press release. "It has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events. We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid. "

According to the press release, the following are reminders to keep in mind during hot weather:

- Never leave children or pets in the car. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.

- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

-Postpone outdoor games and activities.

- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

- If someone doesn't have air conditioning, they should choose places to go for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

Temperatures may drop some on Saturday, but Putnam County Fair officials have plans in case the heat becomes too much.

Jackie Baumann of the Extension Office said each barn superintendent has the authority to release animals early due to the heat, but the inside events will continue because they are air-conditioned.

But the animals aren't the only ones to be concerned about at the fair.

Putnam County Fair Board President Steve Greeson said misters will be set up around the fair for people to cool off.

"There are plenty of places to get water, too," Greeson assured.

Around the fairgrounds, signs also have been placed to remind people to keep hydrated.

For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to for information and to register.

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