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Extreme heat is predicted to hit central Ohio over the next few days. And as the thermometer climbs, so does your chance of suffering from a heat related illness. Our partners with Columbus Public Health are sharing important safety tips to help protect your health and improve your life this summer when the temperatures are hot. “While everyone needs to take special precautions in hot weather, extreme heat poses a special risk to young children, older adults and people with chronic medical conditions,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “We need to be vigilant in our efforts to protect them and ourselves when temperatures are extremely high in order to maintain good health, no matter what the temperature.”
To stay cool and safe in extreme heat:
Illnesses brought on by high temperatures include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat related illness include dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html or www.publichealth.columbus.gov.