CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Paramedics in Kanawha County are warning people to stay indoors after responding to 12 heat-related emergencies this week.
If people must be outdoors, paramedics recommend they stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight, according to a news release issued by Kanawha County Metro 911 on Thursday.People should never leave children or pets inside cars and should check on elderly neighbors often. Signs of heat-related illnesses are sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Further signs are headaches, dizziness, weakness, dark urine and nausea and vomiting. During an emergency, paramedics recommend getting the person to a cool place and to elevate their feet, according to the release. A fan or wet cloths may also lower a person's body temperature.