The City of Effingham and surrounding areas are expected to experience high heat indexes this week. The indexes, ranging from 105 degrees to 115 degrees, make conditions dangerous for those working or participating in recreational activities outdoors. The City of Effingham Emergency Management Department is encouraging residents to take the necessary precautions for these temperatures.
Residents anticipating on being outdoors this week should stay hydrated by drinking at least 1.5 to 2 quarts of fluids daily, avoiding alcoholic beverages and drinks containing caffeine. They should also avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities if possible. Residents are asked to check on elderly family and friends; and make sure pets have extra water and shaded areas.
Heatstroke is possible in these conditions, so knowing the symptoms is important. These include dizziness, headache, confusion, and a rapid pulse. If you or someone around you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.