Office of Emergency Management Urges Caution during Heat Advisory
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
The National Weather Service
forecasts a heat index of 102 degrees.
The Nashville Office of
Emergency Management is urging the public to use caution in dangerous heat that
is expected for most of Thursday in Davidson County.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts a heat index of
102 degrees. The heat index is a measure of the level of discomfort to the
average person as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and
humidity in the air.
According to the National Weather Service, the heat and humidity will result in
an increased risk for heat-related illnesses. The very young, the elderly,
those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor
activities will be the most susceptible.
Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a
matter of minutes. Remember to check the backseat! The effects will worsen with
each successive day of the heat and humidity.
You should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of
the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible,
reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
sure you know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health
administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air
conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.