Advisory Warns Public to Take Precautions against Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (July 16, 2013) – As temperatures fall just short of the 100 degree mark this week officials from the New York State Governor on down are asking the public to take safety precautions against heat stroke and dehydration.

Dr. Ron Nutovits, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, today had these suggestions for keeping cool in the face of the blistering weather.

“Of course when the temperatures climb this high we are worried about heat related illness,’’ said Dr. Nutovits. “The best scenario is prevention, and we are asking everyone to take precautions against heat stroke and dehydration.’’

Dr. Nutovits said that if possible people should stay indoors out of the heat.  If they do not have air conditioning in their homes, they can keep cool with a visit to the mall, movie theater or library.

“If you must be outdoors, stay in the shade and drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages as they can worsen dehydration,’’ said Nutovits.

He added that it is especially important for children and the elderly to heed these warnings are they are more prone to heat stroke and dehydration.

Many local communities offer cooling centers. In Cortlandt Manor, seniors are welcome to cool off at the Muriel Morabito Community Center at 29 Westbrook Drive and in Yorktown at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center at 174 Commerce Street. For a complete listing of area cooling centers, visit the Westchester County Health Department website or contact your local city or town hall.

 

 

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