The Westchester County Health Department issued a heat advisory Wednesday, reminding White Plains residents and their neighbors to beware of heat-related illnesses.
Anyone experiencing bouts of unconsciousness, a weak pulse, shallow breathing, red, dry or itchy skin, and elevated body temperatures may have heat stroke and should call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention. While waiting for help to arrive, lie down in a cool place and use wet sheets, fans, and ice packs to cool off.
The scalding temperatures may also cause heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Heat exhaustion does not alter the body temperature and is less dangerous than heat stroke. Symptoms include heavy sweating, headaches, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, and exhaustion.
Muscle spasms and pains in the legs or abdominal region may be heat cramps.
People suffering from heat cramps and heat exhaustion should rest in a cool location and drink a half a glass of water every 15 minutes. They should avoid caffeine and alcohol.
The advisory remains pertinent Thursday as temperatures threaten to reach 97 degrees, however White Plains weather should drop down to at least 84 degrees Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
White Plains residents who need a place to get out of the heat can drop into the senior center, the Galleria mall or the Westchester mall, which have been designated stay cool locations.
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