The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is urging caution as people work outdoors to clean up debris and recover from the June 29 storm. Heat-related illness is a danger as temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s all week.
Commissioner for Public Health and State Health Officer Dr. Marian Swinker said that excessive heat can be dangerous if not taken seriously. "People who work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and are more likely to get heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough," said Dr. Swinker in a news release from the DHHR. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that several factors affect the body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.
People who involved in storm clean-up efforts should be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms including heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, fast weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, headache, lightheadedness and fainting.