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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory in Several Ohio Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 11, 2021

Contact: ODH Office of Communications 614-644-8562


National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory in Several Ohio Counties

Ohio Department of Health offers tips for staying safe

COLUMBUS – Several Ohio counties are under a heat advisory or special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service for Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) asks Ohioans to be aware of the potential for excessive heat and to use the recommendations below to stay safe.  

Each year in the United States, an average of about 700 people die from heat-related causes, 9,200 people are hospitalized due to heat, and emergency departments receive nearly 68,000 heat-related visits.

Among conditions associated with hot weather are cardiovascular and respiratory complications, renal failure, electrolyte imbalance, kidney stones, negative impacts on fetal health, and preterm birth. Deaths result from heat stroke and related conditions, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cerebrovascular disease. 

Some tips to stay safe:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, visit a shopping mall or public library for a few hours. Your local health department can help you find any available heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • When indoors, take COVID-19 precautions, including maintaining a safe distance from others, wearing a mask if you aren’t fully vaccinated, frequently washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, and covering sneezes and coughs.
    • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
    • Avoid hot and heavy meals.
    • Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest in the mornings and evenings.
      • Cut down on exercise during the heat.
      • When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.
      • If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. When the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the temperature inside a car can rise to 109 degrees within 20 minutes, to 118 degrees within 40 minutes and to 123 degrees within an hour.
      • While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
        • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
        • To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
        • When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks.
      • Replace salt and minerals lost through heavy sweating.
  • Keep your pets hydrated by providing plenty of fresh water in a shady area.
  • Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Monitor those at high risk of heat-related illness at least twice a day. While anyone can be affected by heat-related illness, some people at greater risk than others include:
      • Infants and young children.
      • Pregnant women.
      • People 65 years of age or older.
      • People who are overweight.
      • People who overexert during work or exercise.
      • People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

For additional tips and details on these recommendations, visit the CDC’s “Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed” page.

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