Hot Weather Tips & Cooling Center Information
The Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind you that the best way to reduce risk of heat-related illness is to take preventative measures. These include:
- Cincinnati Recreation Centers will be open during normal hours to serve as "Cool Centers" for heat relief. They will provide a cool comfortable place to sit and rest. Call 513-352-4000 to find one close to you.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty, to avoid dehydration. Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks including some sodas and juices with lots of sugar.
- Decrease physical activity outside. Activities should occur in the morning or evening. Stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay indoors in air-conditioning, if possible. Visit shopping malls, recreation centers or public libraries that have air conditioning. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature rises into the high 90s, fans may not be enough.
- Visit at-risk adults at least twice daily and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If they have air conditioning, make sure it’s properly turned on. Infants and young children need more frequent attention.
- If you are on medications, especially for mental illnesses, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if they increase risk for heat-related illness.
- Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles.
- If someone has mild heat-related illness (heat exhaustion), he or she may experience symptoms including heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, vomiting or fainting. It is important to drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages, rest, take a refreshing shower, and head to a cool location.
These steps can prevent mild cases of heat-related illness from turning into more serious cases of heat stroke. Warning signs of heat stroke include:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
If someone has heat stroke, it is necessary to call for medical assistance, move the person to a shady area, and cool him or her off with water. It is important to monitor the person until medical assistance arrives.