XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - Several area health districts are issuing heat warnings this week as the temperature hovers around 90 degrees.
The Greene County Combined Health District announced a Public Health Heat Warning Monday afternoon.
The department issued the warning in light of the expected stretch of days forecasted at 90-degrees and above.
The Clark County Combined Health District also issued a similar warning for residents.
Both recommend the following steps to prevent heat-related illness:
- Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can increase your risk of illness.
- Decrease physical activity. You should exercise during the morning or early evening hours when the temperature is not at its hottest.
- If you have to be outside, seek out shade as much as possible.
- Use air conditioning if available to you. You might consider visiting a public building with air conditioning if you have none like the library or mall.
- Wear loose lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Eat light meals.
- Check on your neighbors.
Heat illnesses typically include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can be deadly.
It occurs when the body is depleted of water and salt. The victim's body temperature rises to deadly levels.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also has advice on beating the heat. It's 'Water. Rest. Shade.' program offers expert advice for working in the heat and staying safe.
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