CFD encouraging people to stay cool

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville Fire Department is encouraging people to stay cool due to 90 degree plus temperatures Wednesday and Thursday.

Officials want people to stay indoors and stay close to an air conditioner and only go outside if they absolutely have to.

Anyone who does have to be outside for an extended period of time should drink plenty of water, wear light colors, and take breaks by going into the shade or going indoors.

Captain Marc Ellis said to look out for people who might experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating or exhaustion from the heat.

"What you want to do is recognize these symptoms early," said Ellis. "Early medical care and treatment for somebody who is showing signs of heat symptoms will improve their outcome."

CFD recommends moving the sick person to a cooler location or calling 911 if it is an emergency.

Officials also encourage people to look out for children and the elderly because they are more prone to heat-related illnesses.

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