This from East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams:
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Hamilton and our surrounding counties until Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm. During this time, the Heat Index could reach up to 107 degrees due to temperatures in the mid 90’s. Heat and humidity could cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. People are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives, neighbors, and pets.
Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
Young children, the elderly, or pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Remember…beat the heat… check the back seat.
Below are some signs and symptoms to watch for: