Public Health Advises of Dangerous Heat Conditions

The upcoming days are going to be dangerously hot and humid if you’re working or playing outside, or living without air conditioning. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is cautioning that weather conditions are going to remain hazardous for a few days.

The primary reason for the public notification is that Public Health expects a stretch of days with daytime heat indices at least in the mid to upper 90’s, coupled with nighttime lows in excess of 70 degrees. These types of conditions may cause those without air conditioning to experience significant physical and mental stress. When nighttime lows fail to drop below 70 degrees, the human body has a difficult time recovering from the ongoing heat.

Public Health is stressing that everyone needs to take precautions to prevent heatrelated illnesses. Physical activity should be limited as much as possible. Individuals are also encouraged to minimize prolonged exposure to high heat conditions.

Public Health recommends that everyone pay particular attention to the following suggestions to prevent heat-related illness:

• Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids. Put the alcoholic beverages away until cooler weather. Alcoholic drinks can increase a person's risk to heat-related illnesses.

• Decrease physical activity. This is particularly advisable for joggers and high school or junior high school athletic teams. Exercise activities should occur in the morning or early in the evening. Stay in the shade as much as possible.

• Use air conditioning, if available. Many public buildings, libraries, malls, and other locations are air-conditioned.

• Wear loose lightweight and light-colored cotton clothing.

• Eat light meals.

• Cool down with showers, baths, and recreational swimming.

• Adjust blinds, shades, and awnings to keep out the sun.

• Use your basement, if it is cool, during the hottest hours.

• Be a good neighbor and check on those who may need assistance.

• Individuals with chronic health problems, such as heart disease or lung problems, should minimize activities because the heat will add additional stress.

• Extra caution should be taken for the elderly and young infants and children to assure that they are protected from the heat.

• Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles. Temperatures can reach dangerous levels rapidly.

• Individuals on various medications should check with their doctor to see if the heat puts them at increased risk.

Additional information is available by calling the Heat Line at 913-2000.

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