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ABC6: Staying Safe in the Heat

ABC6 - Heat 2019

We’ve officially reached the dog days of summer and this weekend is going to be the hottest one yet as a heat wave makes its way through Ohio. Heat indices (the “feels like” temperature that factors in air temperature plus relative humidity) are predicted to be close to 110 degrees! Ideally, people should beat the heat by staying inside in the air conditioning or near a fan.  If you don't have access to those at home, take advantages of community cooling centers, libraries and swimming pools. ABC6 and 610 WTVN reporters recently spoke with Dr. Nick Van Malderen, an emergency medicine physician at OhioHealth Emergency Care - Powell about preventing heat related illnesses and injuries when you have to be outside.

Before you get out in the heat, Dr. Van Malderen recommends drinking plenty of water. And when you’re outside, bring water with you to maintain your hydration levels. When it’s this hot, you should avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate you.

Dr. Van Malderen says children and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat-related illness, but anyone is susceptible to it. Heat stroke is common this time of year, with symptoms including:

  • High body temperature
  • Dizziness, nausea or confusion
  • Lack of sweating
  • Increased pulse

Heat exhaustion is also common for people spending time outside this time of year. Symptoms include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle soreness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dizziness

Seek medical attention if you or someone you are with are experiencing these symptoms. To find an OhioHealth emergency care facility near you, click here.

Click here to learn more about the dangers of heat exhaustion on the OhioHealth Blog.