Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) is closely monitoring the record-breaking extreme heat conditions hitting southern Michigan. Due to the advanced warning and preparation by local and state authorities, HVA has not seen a notable increase in emergency responses directly related to the high temperatures. As an extra precaution, HVA is prepared to staff additional paramedics and ambulances throughout Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland Counties in anticipation of heat-related emergencies as the high temperatures extend into the weekend.
We encourage everyone to prepare for the heat and take steps to avoid weather-related emergencies. The National Weather Service recommends the following to beat the heat:
·Check on family, friends, or neighbors who may be susceptible to the heat – including the elderly or ill.
·Limit your outdoor activity, especially midday, when the sun is hottest.
·Wear and reapply sunscreen when outdoors.
·Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
·Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
·Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, visit a mall, library, or cooling center.
·Bring pets indoors