Extreme heat can be dangerous for those working outdoors

Another historic heat wave has settled into western Kentucky and it could be deadly for those working outdoors if they do not take preventative measures.

An excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday as high temperatures near 100 and humidity will combine to make it feel like up to 112 degrees.

Todd County Public Health Director Jen Harris says the extreme heat is a serious and potentially deadly situation for anyone spending time outside.

Those working outdoors should stay hydrated with water, wear light and loose-fitting clothing and monitor yourself for heat exhaustion symptoms such as cramping and weakness.

Left unaddressed, heat exhaustion can turn into a much more serious heat stroke and Harris says those symptoms include confusion, headache and a lack of sweat.

Never leave a person or pet in a hot car for any period of time and be sure any outdoor pets have a constant supply of water and a shady place to take refuge from the heat.