St. Joseph County Department of Health issues public health advisory due to extreme heat

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The St. Joseph County Department of Health on Tuesday issued a public health advisory due to high daily temperatures and a heat index in the 100s.

The extreme heat is expected to continue through the weekend. Click here for the latest weather update.

A heat advisory is in effect for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan through 9 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Health officials want to remind the community to do the following to avoid heat-related illness and injury:

  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library for a break to help stay cool.
  • Limit outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, such as the morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat.
  • If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue reapplying sunscreen according to package directions.
  • Do not leave children, infants or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. To remind yourself of a child in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat, when the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep pets hydrated

The health department is also warning the community about heat-related illnesses. For more information about those signs and symptoms, click here.

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