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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
For Release: _____, 2006
County Health Department Offers Heat Safety Tips
High temperatures may be here to stay, at least for the rest of the summer. To be on the safe side, local citizens should begin to take precautions to protect their health against heat-related illnesses that may cause heat stroke or death.
“The elderly, infants and young children are at higher of risk of heat-related illnesses. They may not be able to adjust to increases in air temperatures, or may take medications that decrease their ability to deal with heat,” said _____County Health Department Administrative Director _____. “Heat precautions are also advised for persons with heart, lung or kidney problems and persons whose occupations require them to work outdoors,” _____ added.
To reduce the potential for health hazards, the _____ County Health Department would like to offer the following heat safety tips:
“If you experience signs of heat stress such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, great weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, or vomiting, please contact your health care provider immediately,” _____ said.
(Optional): For more information about heat-related illnesses and heat safety tips, contact the _____County Health Department at (phone number).
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