Staying safe during heat waves
Medical experts weigh in
- Duration 3:38
- Date Jul 6, 2012
Medical experts weigh in
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Breaking heat wave is baking most of the East Coast and midwest but do you really know -- to deal when -- starts really taken its -- in your body temperatures are at or near triple digits in several states you can -- -- your screen there.
Are -- thirteen heat related deaths have been reported and tens of thousands are still without power in Maryland alone.
Outages and the heat wave -- shattering more than 4000.
Temperature records in the last thirty days.
I this week alone more than 12100.
Record John have been shattered to.
Unbelievable those numbers yes so what do you do to make sure you and your family are healthy and safe.
Let's talk about it would doctor Ernest patty senior attending physician of emergency medicine.
I think -- hospital in the Bronx Bronx doctor leave and Okur also and ER doctor.
And an adjunct assistant professor in Shreveport Louisiana got a lot of heat in Shreveport Louisiana -- right now the whole country is feeling it doctor.
-- -- what's your best advice.
Yeah and you know people in the south are a little more well acclimated to -- -- you hear about more deaths from the heat.
Up but in northern cities can't I came had to keep.
Can you get out a way to do this kind of heat I mean I couldn't -- it really does affect it different parts of the country differently based on what you're used to.
Well it's hotter down south but people seem to do better in the heat because there are more used to it and more of the deaths that you read about.
Are usually doesn't excuse me in northern cities Chicago and New York those kind of things -- can get -- acclimated.
But what it's you know -- 105 degrees somewhere anywhere it can be a risk and you have to make sure that your well hydrated that's key.
And get out of the elements as much as you can.
And you know -- get into air conditioning that's.
That's really got -- patty LA as the conductor of notre resist saying testing a veteran Larry -- -- -- added heat there isn't an I these things that you're any art factories -- a lot of folks commence the are there some other obvious things that maybe we're not paying enough attention to.
-- primarily ten of -- -- number one thing -- people don't realize how hard it is and how humid it is and they go outside and try to do their main.
Regular activities and the hottest parts of the days you need to pay attention and do your strenuous activity outside early in the morning in late at night.
Definitely hydration is the key people need to you know drink enough water they need to have water with them all the time stay out of the elements like you mentioned.
I brought some -- my usual -- what shall we bring for the daytime shows here but use umbrellas take advantage of of shady spots -- go to libraries malls.
Movie theaters where it's air conditioned and really take advantage of that get -- of air conditioning in your home.
You also need to Wear -- loose fitting clothing.
Preferably a lightweight materials and not synthetics.
You need to also Wear hats and and help you know keep cool that way there's -- A million kids actor -- knowingly covered you with all the props that he had no idea that I and they are gonna -- -- -- -- There isn't different -- -- -- -- ears yeah water I brought my little fan here which is really cool you need fans and air conditioning.
And you know and an umbrella for -- so.
It's -- don't feeling ashamed or embarrassed -- actually use these tools.
And -- sending doctor is that we're going to be talking about coming up in just a moment -- next hour is that.
We're always told stay inside drink water but we also have to live our own highlights and actually go about our business so we're going to be talking you guys coming up in just a little bit about.
How we actually do that.
Connected and they need to allow -- facts and fiction out there when it comes to the heat and the doctors are going to be back next hour.
Take your questions will happen.