Public Safety, Medical Staff Brace For Heat

Warning Not To Leave Children, Pets in Vehicles

Joe DeStio
July 18, 2019 - 2:03 pm
Pittsburgh Public Safety and city medical personnel are gearing up to beat the heat, and help residents beat it too.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety and city medical personnel are gearing up to beat the heat, and help residents beat it too.

“We have not had a heat event like this for several years,” according to Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. The National Weather Service predicts a heat index or “feels like” temperature of more than 100 degrees Friday and Saturday.

“We will aggressively prosecute (for) animals that are left in vehicles, dogs, cats, and certainly if we have a child left in a vehicle that will be aggressively prosecuted as well,” said Hissrich.

UPMC Emergency Medicine Chief Dr. Donald Yealy advises people should not ignore the first sign of heat stress which is generally not feeling well. “It’s easy to ignore, to soldier through it. You hear in sports practices people trying to tough it out,” said Yealy. “Bad idea.”

He says that’s the time to get out of the sun and hydrate. Dr. Yealy says water is best or some sports drinks. Not alcohol or caffeine which he says can actually pull water out of your system.

Pittsburgh EMS Chief Ron Romano says they will be staffed up for outdoor events like the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Schenley Park and the Pirates games this weekend at PNC park.

City Fire Chief Daryl Jones warns residents not to open fire hydrants to stay cool. “We do not have a water shortage now but if everyone decides to crack open neighborhood hydrants then we can quickly have one,” said Jones.

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