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LINN COUNTY, IA – With the anticipation of high heat and humidity over the next few days, Linn County Public Health would like to remind our residents to drink plenty of fluids and keep cool to protect their health. All residents, even the young and healthy, can suffer from heat-related illness if they are active or unable to cool down during hot weather. Individuals seeking relief from the heat are encouraged to stay indoors or visit air-conditioned public facilities such as libraries, shopping malls, or churches to cool down.
Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Although anyone can suffer from the effects of extreme heat, people at greatest risk include:
To protect your health during extreme heat, remember to follow these tips:
A list of public cooling centers options can be found at http://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2132/Heat-Relief-Locations
For more information about being safe in extreme heat, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html
About Linn County Public Health: Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves nearly 220,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. More information about Linn County Public Health is available online at http://www.linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealt