Health Officials Offer Tips For Beating the Heat

Jul 18, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexington health officials have some tips for Kentucky residents feeling the effects of this week's hot weather.

High temperatures have been in the 90s around the state for most of the week. A 78-year-old Mason County Alzheimer's patient was found dead of heat exhaustion after wandering away from his home Tuesday in temperatures that rose to 93 degrees.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department advises drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding alcoholic beverages or drinks with a lot of sugar, which cause people to lose more fluid.

Also, the department says never leave anyone inside a closed, parked vehicle.

Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. Outside, wear SPF 15 or greater sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored clothing with a hat.

Frequently monitor young children, people older than 65 and others at risk.