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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Heat Safety Tips Help Protect Your Health this Summer

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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:

  • Drink plenty of water – do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool.
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing and a hat.
  • Stay in the shade
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

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.

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