MOUNT VERNON — High temperatures which are expected to rise into the mid-90s again by the end of the week continue to plague Knox County, and the possibility for heat-related illnesses remains equally high.
“Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and those who do not have air conditioning at this time,” urged Brian Hess, director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency. “If everyone checks on each other, that helps.
“Call the 397-3333 number if anything is suspicious or if you have any concerns about your neighbor. Or, if you have relatives in the county and would like to have someone check on them, you can call that number as well.”
Symptoms of a heat disorder can include heavy sweating, muscle spasms in the legs and abdomen, weakness, cold chills, pale and clammy skin and a thready pulse. Not sweating when it is hot is a sign of heat stroke, a severe medical emergency, as are a high body temperature; hot, dry skin; and a rapid and strong pulse.
Station Break drivers who deliver meals to seniors do check to make sure their clients are tolerating the heat with no problems.