How can you stay safe during the heat and humidity? Local doctor explains

July 18, 2019 06:20 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A heat emergency was issued for Friday and Saturday due to the heat and humidity.

These hot temperatures are not only uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous. In an effort to help keep you safe, News10NBC spoke with a local doctor who gave us some insight on how we can better protect ourselves. 

"As we age, our body loses its ability to regulate its temperature as it may do when you're young..." said Dr. Mike Kamali, chair of the URMC Department of Emergency Medicine.

While most of us feel uncomfortable when the heat index rises over 100 degrees, Dr. Mike Kamali says it's a different story for older adults, especially if they're battling an illness.  

"For people who are elderly or have underlying medical problems... the consequences can be more severe. The heat can cause their medical conditions to be exacerbated or for them to become more ill in a very rapid manner," he added. 

Kamali says don't discount the importance of water.  

"When you start to feel hot, you start to sweat. Your body is trying to get rid of excess heat and usually, you can do that as long as you're staying hydrated and making attempts to cool yourself off." 

If you work outdoors, Kamali says to pack a cooler full of water and to take lots of breaks. If you're just out and about, he says spend as much time in air-conditioned places as possible. 

And if there is ever a time to be neighborly, Kamali says it's during hot weather.

"As friends and family, we need to check in on other people...if it feels too warm for us...then it's too warm for them."

Kamali also warns against leaving your children or pets in the car during this weather. That car can heat up really fast and become deadly.

The News10NBC First Alert Weather team has issued a Yellow Alert for Friday and Saturday with the heat index expected to reach at least 100 degrees in the Rochester area.

During a Cool Sweep Heat Emergency, R-Centers and libraries are opened to serve as cooling centers, hydrants are opened, and hours at Genesee Valley Park Pool are extended. City spray parks and other City pools are open regular hours, with programming suspended so all can enjoy the water. 

Click here for the locations and times of where the Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operations will take place.

Public swimming hours at Ontario Beach Park have also been extended due to the heat and humidity. 

Click here for additional heat safety tips from the National Weather Service Heat Safety Page.

Watch News10NBC and download the WHEC First Alert Weather app to stay informed.


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