As summer sizzles, proceed with caution

By TONY RAAP
Herald Staff Writer

About a dozen people in Dubois County have been treated at Memorial Hospital in Jasper for dehydration and other heat-related illnesses in the past few days, a number that is expected to climb as the blistering summer heat continues to scorch the area.

“We’ll certainly see more patients,” said Vicki Stuffle, director of the hospital’s emergency room.
The best defense against dehydration is drinking lots of water. Sports drinks like Gatorade can help people stay hydrated but should be supplemented with water.

“Keep drinking water,” Stuffle said. “Water is huge.”

People should avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, and those who are in the sun need to wear sunscreen, Stuffle said.

When driving, people shouldn’t leave children or pets in their cars. And those who live in homes and apartments that don’t have air conditioning should frequent places that do, such as the local library.

Those concerned about a neighbor in poor health who doesn’t have air conditioning should check on the neighbor or request that local police to so.

Contact Tony Raap at traap@dcherald.com.




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