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Surviving Sunnyside's heat wave

Triple digit temperatures expected this week in the Sunnyside area have everyone scampering for relief. To that end, Sunnyside Sun Terrace Assisted Living is opening its doors today, Monday, tomorrow and Wednesday for all seniors who wish to drop in for refreshments and a place to cool down. The free option is available to all local seniors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. For more information call 839-0579. Another way to cool down is with ice cream. Paleteria La Norteña is Sunnyside is doing brisk business in the warmer weather. Co-owner Jesus Ramos says the location on 120 Rohman St. is open seven days a week until 8 p.m. in the summer. "The snocones are really popular," he said. A current favorite among the clientele is diablitos, "little devils," that include tamarind, chamoy and lemon. The ice cream shop offers the ice cream bars made locally by Paleteria La Norteña in a variety of flavors and ice cream served in cones by the scoop. Local retail stores are also busy in the current heat wave. Pete Wilmot manages the Bi-Mart store in Sunnyside, and he says there's a full supply of fans, air conditioners and pools. But he says the stock on hand at his and other area stores may not last long in this heat wave. "If you see something to keep you cool buy it, because it might not be there later," Wilmot suggests to shoppers visiting local Sunnyside merchants. Whether it's going to a cool spot like Sun Terrace, eating ice cream or chilling at home with an AC, beating the heat - and heat stroke - is a necessity Sun Terrace officials note that heat stroke signs and symptoms include body temperatures raising to 106 degrees and higher within 10 to 15 minutes and the body losing its ability to sweat. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following: * An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit) * Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating) * Rapid, strong pulse * Throbbing headache * Dizziness * Nausea Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion vary, but may include: * Heavy sweating * Paleness * Muscle cramps * Tiredness * Weakness * Dizziness * Headache * Nausea or vomiting * Fainting * Skin may be cool and moist * Pulse rate is fast and weak * Breathing is fast and shallow Family members with elderly relatives or neighbors are encouraged to visit them at least twice a day and check for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. During times of intense heat, an increased fluid intake by drinking cool, non-alcoholic beverages is recommended regardless of activity level. What to do if you see signs of heat stress? Officials at Sun Terrace say to have someone call for emergency medical assistance while getting the patient to a shady area. Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods available. Examples include a tub of cool water, a cool shower, cool water from a garden hose or sponging the person with cool water. Monitor body temperatures and continue efforts until the temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not give the person alcohol to drink. Get medical assistance as soon as possible. If it is delayed, contact emergency services for further instructions. According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory remains in effect from today to 10 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday.) As of this morning, the weather service called for afternoon temperatures ranging from 102 to 108 degrees, with overnight lows of 68 to 73 degrees. The National Weather Service says heat-related illnesses are common when temperatures exceed 100 during the day and little relief occurs at night. The agency says if possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

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