CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Metro Emergency Operations Center of Kanawha County reports that there have been 12 heat-related emergency calls in the past week.
Kanawha County Emergency Management officials continue to urge residents to stay indoors, preferably in the air conditioning and out of the heat.
Shortly after 9 a.m. today, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Kanawha County and its surrounding areas. The advisory is in effect from 2 to 8 p.m.
Anyone who must be outdoors is asked to make every effort to stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight.
The agencies are also advising residents to not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, even for a short period of time. If you have elderly relatives or neighbors check in on them during this period of extreme heat and notify Metro 911 if they need assistance.
The early symptoms of heat illness include profuse sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Further symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness/light-headedness, weakness, nausea/vomiting and dark urine. If someone is suffering from any of these symptoms advise them to lie down in a cool place and elevate the individual's feet. Also, you can apply cool, wet cloths to the person's body and use a fan to lower the body temperature.