Staying safe in extreme heat with 90-degree weather set to arrive

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Expected 90 degree temperatures this weekend prompted the City of Indianapolis to declare Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 as Knozone Action Days.

These are days when the air quality may become unhealthy, especially for active children, the elderly, or anyone with health issues.

To cut down on smog the next couple of days, Indianapolis residents are asked to carpool if possible and not fill up your vehicle or mow your lawn until after 6 at night.

Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be in the 90s, but the heat index will make it feel more like 100.

It’s been months since we’ve seen temperatures that high in central Indiana.

Doctors say that severe heat should be taken seriously and you should understand its dangers to your health.

Heat stroke, dehydration, cramps, exhaustion, and heat rash are just some of the heat-related illnesses.

One local emergency physician with Eskenazi Health offered advice on what to do if you feel yourself starting to overheat.

“Right away, the first thing you need to do is take them out of that hot environment whatever it is try to get them in front of a fan spray some water on them try to get some mist on them,” said Dr. William Kanitz

Here are some other tips from the Centers for Disease Control to help you beat the heat:

  • Drink more water than usual to stay hydrated
  • Limit outdoor activity
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

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