MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Firefighters will be checking on Memphis residents door-to-door after extreme heat warnings were issued throughout the Mid-South and across the entire state of Tennessee.
High temperatures of 100 degrees and above are forecasted in Memphis throughout the weekend, with associated air quality alerts expected at Code Orange or above. The Shelby County Health department and state agencies will evaluate air quality on a daily basis, but urge active adults and children, as well as those with respiratory conditions such as asthma and emphysema, to avoid or limit outdoor activity.
The City of Memphis urges those without working air conditioning to go to a cool pace during daytime hours, such as community centers and public libraries.
MLGW also enacted their heat-related reconnection program, which allows customers without utilities due to non-payment to restore their service for $250.
The Tennessee Department of Health has issued a statewide extreme heat warning, urging residents to use caution and avoid outdoor activities that could lead to heat-related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion is caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes and usually occurs in extreme heat or when a person is unable to adapt to heat. Signs include weakness, nausea, cramps and sometimes loss of consciousness. Heat stroke is a more serious condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature rises to dangerous levels; the body’s cooling system and sweating stop and can damage the brain and other organs. Some signs of heat stroke include short, rapid breathing; fast pulse; lack of sweating and confusion. These indicate immediate medical treatment is required, so call 911 if you or someone else exhibits these symptoms and take steps to get the person to a cooler area until more help arrives.
Also, burn bans are in place for much of the Mid-South, which includes construction and debris burns as well as fireworks.