Public Health Services

The programs and services of the Community Health and Environmental Services Department protect the health and safety of community residents, promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases and disabilities which could adversely affect the current and future health of our community.

The Department provides health and protection to the residents of Anoka County through:                    
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Service
  •  Regulation
  •  Advocacy

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Summer Is Here!

Thermometer showing over 100 degrees with drinking water

Summer time is a great time to be outdoors enjoying the weather with family and friends. Unfortunately, heat related illnesses may sneak up on you and catch you off guard. 
Below is some general information to help you have a safe and healthy summer.
 

Stay Cool
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness. 

• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
• Find an air-conditioned shelter.
• Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
• Avoid direct sunlight.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Take cool showers or baths.
• Check on those most at-risk twice a day


Stay Hydrated
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
 
• Drink more water than usual.
• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
• Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
• Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
• Remind others to drink enough water.


Stay Informed
Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/index.html

 

Man and Woman  drinking water after activity
What is HEAT EXHAUSTION? It is your body's inability to cool itself. When the body's temperature control system for perspiration and circulation are overloaded the body's inner core begins to rise.

Symptoms:
   * Heavy sweating
   * Weakness
   * Cold, pale, and clammy skin
   *  Fast, but weak pulse
   *  Nausea or vomiting
   *  Fainting


  What to Do:
  *  Move to a cooler location
  *  Lie down and loosen your clothing
  *  Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body and possible
  *  Sip water
  *  If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention  immediately




What is HEAT STROKE? A condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness.  It is caused by your body's inability to cool its inner core due to long exposure in the sun or over exertion in high temperatures. 
This is VERY SERIOUS - CALL 911!

Symptoms:
   *  High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
   *  Hot, red, dry or moist skin
   *  Rapid and strong pulse
   *  Possible unconsciousness

What to Do:
   *  Call 911 immediately. This IS an emergency
   *  Move the person to a cooler environment
   *  Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath
   *  Do NOT give fluids




Additional Resources:
Extreme Heat - CDC
Heat Exhaustion - Mayo Clinic
Heat Stroke  -Mayo Clinic
Heat Related Illness - Data  - MN Dept. of Health
Heat Related Illnesses - Mn Dept. of Health