Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

July 18, 2013

Officials warn of dangers with hot weather

ASHLAND — With local temperatures in the 90s, accompanied by oppressive humidity levels, emergency officials are advising area residents to limit outdoor chores and activities to avoid potential health problems.

“Stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to work outside, drink water, take a lot of breaks and get in the shade,” said Amber Holly, deputy director of Boyd County Emergency Management.

“Avoid the pop. It has lots of sugar and it will make you more thirsty ... and it can cause stomach cramps,” Holly said, emphasizing anyone dealing with the heat should always drink water, and drink it often. People should also make a point of avoiding alcohol while working or playing outdoors, she said.

Physical protection from the sun’s rays is also crucial, Holly said, advising people to try limiting outdoor activities to early morning and later in the evening. People who are exposed to the heat and sun should wear a hat, as well as loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.

“And sunscreen!” she said, adding individuals should apply a sunscreen product with an SPF rating of at least 15. The most effective sunscreen products should have the words “broad spectrum” on the label, she said.

Elderly people and infants are among those who are most at risk during high heat days, Holly said, asking people to make a point of checking in on older neighbors and friends, as well as families with young children, as well as anyone with high blood pressure or heart disease, mental illness or physical limitations. People who find themselves in an overheated situation should seek a cooler place to stay, she added.

“While there are no public cooling shelters open, people can go to places like the library or the mall or to other family,” she said, later adding people and pets should never be left in a car or other vehicle under current heat conditions.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

Text Only
Local News
  • Families invited for Fun in the Park

     Free cotton candy, hot dogs and entertainment for an entire day is what Bridges Christian Church in Russell is offering local families during Fun in the Park this weekend.

    August 1, 2014

  • AEP reports stolen copper, fence damage

     All that glitters is not gold — sometimes, it's also copper.

    August 1, 2014

  • Probe of Fairview begins

    Four investigators from the state Office of Education Accountability spent much of Thursday interviewing school officials in a probe of alleged school law violations in the Fairview Independent School District.

    July 31, 2014

  • Grant helps Elliott County High School with $1.7 million geothermal renovation

    Elliott County School District Superintendent Dr. Carl Potter II remembers the night a few years ago when the lights went out in the middle of an Elliott County boys basketball game and interrupted it for some 20 minutes while the lights powered up.

    July 31, 2014

  • Heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

    The Kentucky state legislature passed a sweeping overhaul to its prescription drug law in the summer of 2012 after a flood of overdose deaths, making it significantly harder for people to access dangerous addictive drugs from doctors.

    July 31, 2014

  • Morehead man faces drug charges

    A Morehead man is facing multiple drug charges after taking possession of a suspicious package mailed to his home on Dillon Lane, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    July 31, 2014

  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • Dogonline.jpg 'Educate and entertain'

    A local theater group is shooting for changing the area’s theater scene.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07/31/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    July 31, 2014

  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014