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On Friday, temperatures could reach 102 degrees, which, combined with smoke in the air, could pose a health risk to residents of northeastern Colorado.

The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a heat warning effective from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday for parts of north-central and northeast Colorado, including Logan, Morgan, Washington, Phillips and Sedgwick counties.

“Temperatures will warm up to 90 degrees by late morning and remain above 90 until the evening,” the bulletin says. “Smoke from wildfires is expected to worsen air quality in addition to heat.”

These factors can cause heat illness, the NWS warns.

According to Banner Health, heat exhaustion and heat cramps are similar conditions that commonly occur during outdoor sports during the summer months and are caused by fluid and mineral loss due to sweating.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs after prolonged exposure to heat that prevents the body from cooling down. requires immediate medical attention; If you suspect you have heat stroke, call 911.

“If you feel bad while in the sun, don’t brush it off. Be aware of how you are feeling and when to act,” Banner Health said in a release.

NWS counseling recommends coping with the heat by drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun, and checking in with relatives and neighbors.

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” it says.

The Northeast Colorado Department of Health supported these recommendations. NCHD spokeswoman Mary Brumage shared this list of do’s and don’ts on hot days:

Drink plenty of water – on hot days it is very important to maintain water balance. If you have to spend some time in the car or on the street, be sure to bring a bottle of water with you. Children and infants are at greater risk of dehydration due to their higher body water content and metabolic rate requiring them to turn fluid more quickly. Make sure children drink plenty of water (if they are thirsty, they are already dehydrated).

Plan your day with the heat in mind – don’t go out during the hottest hours, between 11:00 and 17:00. Also avoid any physical activity during these hours, especially for children. Children are susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses because they have more body surface area relative to their overall weight.

Keep your body cool. Drink cold drinks and eat less cold foods to keep you cool on hot days. If you start to feel overheated, place cold towels on your hands, neck, and feet. Soak your feet in cold water or take a cool bath.

Check others. Check on elderly friends or relatives at least once a day and help them find the coolest room in the house. Make sure they have plenty of cold water in their fridge and encourage them to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Stay out of the sun – Simple and effective. If you can, spend the heat of the day in an air-conditioned building. If you don’t have one at home, go to a restaurant or go shopping during the hottest part of the day.

Don’t leave your pet in the car – not even for a minute! The temperature inside the vehicle (even with the air conditioner running or the window open) can quickly rise to dangerous levels.

Don’t forget sun protection. If you need to go outside, be sure to put on sunscreen and wear a hat. It is also helpful to wear light, breathable clothing.

Don’t plan to play sports. It is also important to reduce physical activity during the hottest part of the day. In addition to dehydration, children are also very susceptible to heat illness. Make sure your kids take a break from playing in direct sunlight or high humidity.

Those who are concerned about rising energy prices and the cost of air conditioning in their home can consider these tips from Xcel Energy to help cut down on cooling costs:

  • Use blinds or curtains to regulate the temperature in your home – close them on hot days to keep the heat out.
  • Make sure the outside doors are fully closed. Exterior doors that are left ajar or unlocked can lead to a loss of cooling in the home.
  • Use ceiling fans to your advantage. Ceiling fans use less energy than an air conditioner and can help cool a room on warm days, but in summer they must spin counterclockwise to circulate cooler air.
  • Clean the air conditioner coils. Cleaned and maintained air conditioners increase efficiency and help save energy.
  • Update your thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the temperature in your home to use less energy when you are not at home. A smart thermostat will allow you to control the temperature when you are not at home.

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