It is a beautiful week in Cleveland. Temperatures are expected to rise and could reach the mid-90s.
Here are some tips to Beat the Heat:
- Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Remember to avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol
- Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Don’t forget sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
- Stay indoors – air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat related illness, especially for those who are 65 years or older, infants and children, and those with chronic medical conditions.
- Schedule outdoor activities outside of peak hours or rest often in the shade
- 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.
- Do not leave children or pets in vehicle
- Check on animals frequently. Make sure they have water and shade
Treating Heat Related Illness:
- Move to a cooler place (indoors to air conditioned space or shade)
- Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin
- Sip small amounts of cool water
- Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, dial 9-1-1.
Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.
- Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.
- Heat stroke is life-threatening. Dial 9-1-1 immediately.