Excessive Heat Warning
Hot Springs and Garland County have been under Excessive Heat Warnings by the National Weather Service, with dangerously hot conditions and heat index values over 110 degrees.
For more information on the Hot Springs Excessive Heat Forecast, visit the National Weather Service 7-Day Forecast.
Cooling Station(s) in Garland County
- Noon to 5 p.m. until Saturday, July 23 - Salvation Army, 115 Crescent Street
What to look for in a Heat Emergency
- Pale skin
- Racing Pulse
- Dry/Hot Skin
At the earliest signs of an emergency, bring the overheated person(s) into a cool building or shade and have them lie down. Give them water to drink and, if able, immerse the person(s) in cold water or place ice packs on all the folds of the body.
If a person isn't improving or symptoms worsen, call 9-1-1.
Click here to learn more signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
Tips for Staying Safe in a Heatwave
- Stay hydrated but don't overdo it. Drinking more than 1.4 liters (about three bottles of water) an hour can dilute your sodium levels and lead to confusion/seizures and heat cramps.
- Eat regular meals. Food helps replenish the body's salt levels and keep electrolytes balanced. Spicy food can a body down as the spiciness causes blood circulation to rise, which causes sweating.
- Apply sunscreen.
- Take breaks from the heat. If you have to be outdoors for any length of time, go to an air-conditioned or shady area periodically to help keep your body temperature down and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-sugary and non-caffeinated fluids.
- Travel during the coolest parts of the day: the early morning and late evening.
- Clothing type matters. Make sure to wear light-colored loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible and don't exert yourself too much. If your skin is directly under the sun, it may have the opposite of a cooling effect.
- Exercising/Working outdoors increases the chances of heat cramps or a heat stroke. If it's a must, consider changing your timing(s) to early morning or at night when the temperature is not at its hottest and occasionally apply an ice pack to pulse points or wear a damp bandana on your forehead or neck to ward off heat.
- Do not leave children, elderly or animals in vehicles. Vehicles can heat up quickly even with windows cracked open. Click here for more vehicle safety tips.
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