Staying Hydrated and Safe with
Power Outages on Hatteras Island
of Health & Human Services wants to assure residents are able to
stay safe, hydrated and know how to address heat related illness.
are a few general recommendations to keep as cool as possible when
power outages occur. Assure you stay hydrated, drink more water than
usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Set up a buddy
system, check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for
you. Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your
house hotter. Open windows, where possible to allow a cross breeze to
cool your house. Wear loose and lightweight clothing. Take cool showers
or baths to cool down.
It is essential to be able to recognize
the symptoms of heat related illness and seek medical attention when
necessary. A heat stroke, is a serious medical emergency that
includes: high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry, or
damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; feeling dizzy; nausea; feeling
confused; and losing consciousness (passing out). In this event call
911 right away; move the person to a cooler place; help lower the
person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath; do not give the
person anything to drink.
Heat exhaustion is an illness that can
include: heavy sweating; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse;
nausea or vomiting; muscle cramps; feeling tired, weak or dizzy;
headache; and fainting (passing out). If someone is displaying these
symptoms move them to a cool place, loosen their clothes, put cool, wet
cloths on their body or put them in a cool bath and give them water.
Seek medical help if the individual is throwing up; has symptoms that
get worse or last longer than one hour.
For more information, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services at 252.475.5003.