LANSING, MI (WILX) - It's about to get very hot in Michigan.
The WILX Weather Authority is reporting temps in the 90's and high humidity by the end of the week.
Keeping that in mind, the Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to remind residents to stay cool and hydrated as temperatures rise.
They have had more than 600 heat related illnesses since July 1, all that went to a local emergency room.
The illnesses have ranged from sunburn and sun poisoning to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The MDHHS says that high temperatures correlate with more visits to the ER.
“It’s important Michiganders stay hydrated and out of the sun as much possible to avoid serious health complications during this hot weather,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “Young children, older adults and those who are have medical conditions are at increased risk for heat-related illness, so be sure to check frequently on them and others in your community who may need additional assistance.”
Ways to stay cool and hydrated are:
• Drink more fluids and avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol.
• Limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest in the morning and evening.
• Spend time indoors in air conditioning.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
• Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects a body’s ability to cool down.
And remember, if you can, please check on elderly neighbors and relatives to determine if they need any help.
Also, during this extreme heat, the MDHHS wants to remind everyone to not leave children or pets alone in a car, even with the windows cracked.
They say a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s they are more susceptible to heatstroke.
Heatstroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature and can result in death if not treated promptly, according to the MDHHS.
Signs of heat-related illness vary but may include:
heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting, an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F) and tiredness.
Cooling centers are a great place to go if you don't have air conditioning.
Jackson has created a list of centers that will be open this week.
And, the Jackson Area Transportation Authority is offering free bus rides for Jackson residents whose health may be at risk during the high temps.
All you have to do is request a "hot ticket" for your ride.
Attached to this article you can find a list of Jackson Cooling Centers and a temperature chart for how hot the inside of your car can get in extreme temperatures.
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