HOUSTON (KTRK) --The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for Houston as temperatures are expected to stay high over the next few days. The advisory is in effect until Saturday.
Tips to guard against extreme heat from the Houston Health Department:
* Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing if you're going to be outdoors.
* Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can cause dehydration
* Conduct outdoor work, such as lawn care in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.
* NEVER leave Children, Seniors or pets unattended in vehicles
* Wide-brimmed hats help prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen reduces the risk of sunburn.
* If your home is not air conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, multi-service centers, malls , movies theatres, etc.
* Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air conditioned
* Be informed about changing conditions. The National Weather Service usually declares a Heat Emergency when the heat index, a computation of the air temperature and humidity, reaches 108 degrees on two or more consecutive days.
A heat index of 108 is a potential health threat for all people and is particularly dangerous for high-risk groups.
If you experience the symptoms of HEAT EXHAUSTION, which are:
* Heavy Sweating
* Cold,pale, and clammy skin
* Fast, weak pulse
* Nausea or Vomiting
* Move to a cooler location.
* Lie down and loosen your clothing.
* Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
* Sip water.
If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
If you experience the symptoms of HEAT STROKE, which are:
* High body temperature (above 103F)*
* Hot, red, dry or moist skin
* Rapid and strong pulse
* Possible unconsciousness
* Call 911 immediately - this is a medical emergency.
* Move the person to a cooler environment.
* Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
* Do NOT give fluids.