(UNDATED) – If you are planning on being outside this week, please be careful.
With temperatures across the area expected to remain warm and humid this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to stay cool to beat the heat.
Since July 1, more than 600 emergency department visits have been recorded for complaints of sunburn, and sun poisoning, heat exhaustion and heat stroke along with dehydration.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health with the MDHHS says it's important for Michiganders to stay hydrated and out of the sun as much as possible to avoid serious health complications during this warm weather. Young children, older adults and those who have medical conditions are at increased risk for heat related illness.
To prevent complications from the heat, people are encouraged to drink more fluids and to avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol; limit outdoor activities to when it's coolest such as in the morning or evening; stay in an air conditioned building; wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing, wear sunscreen and check on elderly neighbors and relatives to determine if they need assistance.
In addition never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily double the temperature outside.
For more information on how to protect yourself and others from heat related illness, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. LINKA.
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