EATON — Preble County Public Health last week reminded the public the National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from through Saturday, July 20.
Heat Index Values will be near or above 105°F due to temperatures in the mid-90s, and dewpoints in the mid-70s.
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. The people most vulnerable include the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless and individuals with a chronic medical condition.
Preble County Public Health recommends everyone pay particular attention to the following suggestions:
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
• Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device. Use air conditioning if available.
• Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
• Adjust blinds, shades, and awnings to keep out the sun.
• Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
• Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles. Temperatures can reach dangerous levels rapidly.
• Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
• Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
• Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
• Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water
• Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
• Visit www.phdmc.org to find local information and tips for preventing heat sickness.
• Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.
Additionally, Public Health encourages all residents to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illness. Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:
• Heavy Sweating
• Skin cold, pale, and clammy
• Weak pulse
• Fainting and vomiting
What you should do
• Move to a cooler location
• Lie down and loosen your clothing
• Apply cool, wet clothes to as much of your body as possible
• Sip water
• If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
• High body temperature (above 103F)
• Hot, red, dry or moist skin
• Rapid and strong pulse
• Possible unconsciousness
What you should do
• Call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency
• Move the person to a cooler environment
• Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
• Do NOT give fluids