The state Department of Public Safety is providing tips to help Ohioans prevent suffering from heat-related illnesses.
“EMS personnel are prepared to respond to heat-related emergencies however, most people can prevent heat-related illness by taking special precautions,” Ohio EMS Executive Director Mel House said. “Parents and caregivers need to pay close attention to children, the elderly and those suffering from illness during this type of weather since they are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.”
The Division of EMS offers the following tips during excessive heat:
• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the evaporation rate of perspiration.
• Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
• Drink plenty of water and limit the intake of alcoholic beverages.
• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Take frequent breaks.
• If you believe that you or someone may be suffering from heat stress, call 9-1-1 or consult a physician.
According to the Red Cross, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events in recent years.
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