Heat advisory issued; tips to avoid heat stress

10:16 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) -- The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for West Michigan from noon Tuesday to midnight Wednesday. The 13 On Target Weather team expects temperatures to reach the low 90s and the heat index may top 100 degrees.

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Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible if precautions are not taken. The Ionia County Health Department issued a list of things you can do to prevent heat stress.

1. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
2. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
3. Avoid direct sunlight.
4. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
5. Take cool showers or baths.
6. Drink more water than usual - Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
7. Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
8. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
9. Remind others to drink enough water.
10. Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.

To access a list of the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness visit the Centers For Disease Control website.

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