To maintain good health when temperatures are high, Columbus Public Health offers the following precautions to help avoid heat related illness:
Drink plenty of water - don't wait until you are thirsty Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible (movie theaters, malls, etc.) if you do not have an air conditioner. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine and sugar; they will dehydrate you Eat light meals Wear lightweight, light colored clothing and a hat Stay in the shade Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours Young children, older adults, and persons with medical conditions are at the greatest risk for heat related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat related illness include: dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Several organizations, including The Breathing Association, Columbus Leads, LifeCare Alliance, Senior Options and Columbus Parks and Recreation offer Summer Cooling Programs, including free fans and utility assistance.

For additional information on heat safety please visit the following: Columbus Public Health: www.publichealth@columbus.gov