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It's not hot yet, but be prepared when it is PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:09
With summer officially kicking off and trauma season in full-effect, the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Division of Emergency Medical Services reminds Ohioans to take extra precautions as the mercury rises and heat advisories are issued.
According to the Red Cross, in recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods.
The Division of EMS offers the following tips during extreme heat:
•    Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
•    Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
•    Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the evaporation rate of perspiration.
•    Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
•    Drink plenty of water and limit the intake of alcoholic beverages.
•    Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
•    Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Take frequent breaks.

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