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Editorial: Stay cool

Posted: July 16, 2018 2:54 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.

 Today, we have the unpleasant job of reporting some bad news: the death of a 77-year-old Kershaw County man from heat stroke.

It’s a sad reminder that this time of year -- as fun and as pleasant as it can be -- brings with it the occasional extreme conditions that require extra care. It’s not very difficult in this weather to become overheated or dehydrated, and these conditions can lead rapidly to serious, even fatal situations.

Heat stroke is no joke -- it is considered a medical emergency. It is often related to the heat index, which is a measurement of how hot one feels when the effects of relative humidity and air temperature are combined. When relative humidity levels are higher than 60 percent, your body’s ability to cool itself can be impaired, because it becomes more difficult for sweat to evaporate from the body. Children younger than 4, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions are at highest risk for heat stroke.

If you are working in the heat, be sure to rest often and keep yourself hydrated. If temperatures are extreme, it’s probably a good idea to avoid strenuous activity outside if possible.

Whatever you are doing outside, please be mindful of the conditions and please take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy.

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