Experts Suggest Taking Safety Precautions As Temperatures Rise

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NEW HAVEN — As much of the state experiences temperatures in the 90s on Friday, health experts are reminding folks of some safety precautions, especially as poor air quality moves in as well.

EPA New England warns that Southern New England will experience poor air quality both Friday and Saturday.

Doctors say a few groups need to take notice.  They recommend the very young, elderly and people with respiratory problems stay indoors.  Poor air quality also causes problems with folks with asthma.

heat wave“When the air quality is bad, it’s more difficult for them to exchange the gasses that they need to exchange, oxygen and carbon dioxide, so they tend to have more difficulty breathing,” Dr. Jay Walshon of Milford Hospital said.

The American Red Cross recommends that everyone else stay hydrated, eat small meals, wear loose-fitting, light weight, light-colored clothing and check on neighbors who don’t have air conditioning.

For more safety tips on beating the heat, including the symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/heat-wave

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