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City health officials advise residents to take precaution as current temperatures in the District of Columbia clock in at over 100 degrees. With weekend temperatures anticipated to continue to soar, the DC Department of Health (DOH) encourages residents to do the following in order to stay safe and healthy during this period of extreme heat:
Groups at greatest risk should be monitored carefully, and their environments should be regulated. The following groups at risk are:
Heat exhaustion is treated with plenty of liquids and rest in a cool, shaded area. Those on a low-sodium diet or with other health problems should contact a doctor. Be on the look-out for these signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:
Heat stroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees. Treatment of heatstroke involves the rapid lowering of body temperature, using a cool bath or wet towels. This is a true medical emergency, call 911.
Symptoms of heat stroke:
If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing a heat related illness, please call 911. For more information on heat-related illness prevention, visit http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp