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Oneida County Sheriff : "Use common sense in this heat"

Oneida County Sheriff warning residents to use common sense in this extreme heat, "Use common sense, there's a heat advisory on all of our social media."

Posted: Jul 19, 2020 7:33 PM

Oriskany, N.Y. - Oneida County Sheriff warning residents to use common sense in this extreme heat, "Use common sense, there's a heat advisory on all of our social media."

Maciol says it never fails during these extremely hot weather conditions that his office responds to calls for things that could have easily been prevented, "Enjoy the nice weather but be responsible and protect yourself and protect your pets."

Maciol says the biggest tip besides using common sense is to notice the signs of heat stroke or other heat related illnesses as quick as possible so you can get help, "When heat stroke sets in, it can be too late, so keep an eye on other people and especially the vulnerable folks, whether it's the elderly or children or other people in your neighborhood or in your family. And if there's someone that you haven't heard from and you concerned about their welfare, please give us a call. that's what we're here for."

According to the CDC, when heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106° or higher within 10 to 15 minutes and can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.

The symptoms of heat stroke include:

Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech
Loss of consciousness (coma)
Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
Seizures
Very high body temperature

Sheriff Maciol says also be aware of the symptoms of other heat-related illnesses, including headache, light headedness, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting.

Maciol says it's common sense, but never, ever forget about a child or a pet in a vehicle, don't leave them behind, either unknowingly or even worse, knowingly, "We've actually recorded temperature is in the interior car as high as 180 to 200°. Depending on the color of the interior of the car."

Maciol also talked about some other common sense tips Sunday morning, "Today is probably not the day to do to strenuous work outside. If you are going to be outside, make sure you are dressed with loose fitting clothing so your body can sweat properly, make sure that you're hydrated, drink lots of fluids, and wear sunscreen, "Severe sunburn can occur on a day like today and you may not realize it until it's too late."

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