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240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 645-7417

Stay Cool No Matter How Hot it is Outside Avoiding Heat Related Illness

When outside temperatures start rising, so does your chance of a heat related illness.  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. But you and your family can enjoy a healthy and safe summer by following a few safety tips.

To stay healthy and safe in hot weather:

  • 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.  If you experience any heat related symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.   

Symptoms of a heat related illness 

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • rapid heartbeat
  • headache
  • absence of perspiration
  • dry, hot flushed skin

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