Saturday is looking like a very warm day. The National Weather service is reporting a high outdoor temperature on Saturday of 90 degrees. However, due to the Heat Index, the feels like temperature will be over 100 degrees on Saturday. Excessive heat can be dangerous if you are exposed to it for too long. The Henry and Stark County Health Department spoke RegionalDailyNews.com recently and gave several tips for keeping yourself safe when the temperature goes up…
To avoid heat related stress remember:
* Avoid outdoor activities from noon to 4pm.
* Use fans or air-conditioners liberally or visit air-conditioned places (shopping malls, libraries, theatres).
* Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
* Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
* Eat small meals and eat more often.
* Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
* Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
* Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
* Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
* Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.