The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 1:00 p.m. today, August 11, through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. Twin Transit is actively monitoring the situation as it unfolds. Please refer to the Twin Transit website for information on any heat-related updates or route adjustments that may occur.
Please keep in mind that excessive heat can be dangerous. Plan ahead and bring extra water with you, as you are out and about. Please also review the following symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you experience any of these throughout your workday, please take precautions immediately immediately.
According to the Mayo Clinic, in most cases, heat exhaustion can be treated by the following:
- Rest in a cool place. Getting into an air-conditioned building is best, but at the very least, find a shady spot or sit in front of a fan. Rest on your back with your legs elevated higher than your heart level.
- Drink cool fluids. Stick to water or sports drinks. Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages, which can contribute to dehydration.
- Try cooling measures. If possible, take a cool shower, soak in a cool bath, or put towels soaked in cool water on your skin. If you’re outdoors and not near shelter, soaking in a cool pond or stream can help bring your temperature down.
- Loosen clothing. Remove any unnecessary clothing and make sure your clothes are lightweight and nonbinding.
- If you don’t begin to feel better within one hour of using these treatment measures, seek prompt medical attention.
Stay cool and stay safe!