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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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For Advertising Information Call 706-272-7721 706-272-7721 WE'RE SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THREE GREAT COMMUNITIES! 27 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment will provide some protection. Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician. • Drink plenty of water. People with epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid- restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake. • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks. Stay informed • Learn about the types of medical conditions that can result from heat waves, and the proper first aid measures that should be taken. • Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a thready pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting. • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106° Fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance. • Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information. Source: Georgia Emergency Management Agency

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