Heat Wave Bakes Mid-Michigan

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A wave is supposed to crest and crash, but this heat wave seems to be going on and on. And as the hot days roll on, folks in Mid-Michigan are finding ways to stay cool, visiting one of the areas cooling centers or finding another cool place. Temperatures like this are not only uncomfortable, but they can be dangerous.

"We have to be particularly concerned about senior citizens and children. People who are actively working outside. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion are not uncommon when weather like this hits," said Kenneth Elmassian, the President of Michigan Medical Society.

"I tell my mother to drink lots of water... not to go out.. She's 85 years old, and you know just stay in. Keep your curtains closed, and stuff like that," said Margaret Hill, who headed to the movies to try to beat the heat.

All good ideas, considering more people die from heat related illnesses than any other weather event. An average of 119 people die each year, and though seniors and children are at highest risk, people of any age can be effected.

"When your body temperature starts to rise higher than your ability to get rid of heat, perspiring, etc. or cool down, then your body can get into significant trouble," said Kevin Baumlin, Vice Chairman, Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai

To avoid trouble, drink a lot of water. How much is a lot? Doctors recommend at least 8 or 9 cups a day... more if you spend time outside. Stay in a cool place, and if you have air conditioning check to make sure it's working properly.

"A lot of things we're seeing right now are dirty filters so we ask people to check their filters when things aren't working just right. A lot of cottonwood that we are seeing on the outdoor units that we need to get out there with a garden hose and get those units washed off so we can keep the unit running at peak efficiency," said Nick Klein, the lead service technician A-1 Mechanical.

Doctors say don't try to be a hero, and wait until the weekend when the heat is expected to break to mow the lawn or go for a run.


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