Heat-related emergency calls on the rise amid oppressive humidity in RI

  • Source: WPRI-TV FOX Providence 12
  • Published: 08/08/2018 06:39 AM

For the first time in 2018, Rhode Island has hit 90 degrees or higher for three days straight, marking an official heat wave. While some have been outside enjoying the hot weather, others are at risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Calls for such conditions have gone up in East Providence since Sunday, when the heat wave began. Capt. John Potvin told Eyewitness News there three calls on Sunday and two on Monday. "We've been responding to people that are feeling faint, maybe have a headache," he said. Potvin said these kinds of injuries often occur when someone is doing yard work or heavy lifting, but can also happen from simply walking. People who are confined to their homes that don't have any air flow are also at risk, according to Potvin. He also said to remember to check on neighbors who are elderly or have limited mobility. Infants and those who are obese or on certain blood pressure control medications are also at higher risk.


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