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|FIRST ON WGIL: It's Hot -- Especially If You Work Outside
|As temperatures begin to rise, so do the heat related dangers that come with it.
The Knox County Health Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke and other heat related illnesses. The health department encourages people to drink plenty of water and stay inside where it's cool when at all possible. They say if you work outside, take frequent breaks while working and avoid strenuous activity whenever possible.
Workers in the downtown area Tuesday were preparing the rides for this weekend's Galesburg Railroad Days. One of the workers, J.R. Wilson, tells WGIL he takes plenty of breaks to hydrate but he has no choice but to work in the hot and humid conditions. "We do it in rain, snow, shine -- it doesn't matter," Wilson said. "The show must go on."
Michele Fishburn, Director of Community Health Improvement with the Knox County Health Department, tells WGIL, your body can give you heat related warnings.
"If you're not sweating, and you're hot, then there really isn't any fluid in your body to give off," Fishburn said. "If you're tired and you're outside, or you start becoming fatigued, then, that's your body telling you that you need to go inside and take a rest."
Some signs associated with heat related illness' include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.
Fishburn also says never leave anyone including children, seniors, and pets inside of a vehicle. Cars can become like an oven and people can succumb to heat exposure and death inside of a vehicle quickly.
For more tips from the Knox County Health Department, CLICK HERE (pdf document).
(Heather Johnson, an employee of the Galesburg Downtown Council, waters plants Tuesday morning.)
(Carnival workers set up in advance of the start of Galesburg's Railroad Days on Friday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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