The National Weather Service of Central Illinois has issued an excessive heat watch for Peoria, Peoria County, Tazewell County, Woodford County, and other surrounding counties through Saturday evening. The heat watch notes that the effects of the heat tend to worsen the longer the heat continues, so public health officials in Peoria and Central Illinois are encouraging everyone to remain well hydrated, to stay out of the sun (especially in the afternoons), to remain in air conditioned environments, and, most importantly, to check in on friends and relatives.
This is a great time to remind yourself of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Heat cramps are the first stage of heat illness. If these symptoms are not treated, it can lead to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke.
If you suspect someone might be suffering from heat stroke or heat exhaustion, the most important thing is to begin to cool their body:
If you think a person may have heat illness or emergency:
And, as noted above, please call 911 immediately if the person does not quickly improve, if they worsen, if their temperature continues to rise, or if you suspect heatstroke.
Please remember that prevention is always the better option. Stay cool, Peoria!,
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