With temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s this week, the Logan County Health District has a few tips to help you beat the heat.
-Wear loose fitting and light-colored clothing
-Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Eat light meals.
-Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
-Remember that the elderly, the infirm and the very young are most susceptible to heat-related health problems. Be sure to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives.
-Make provisions for pets and animals by insuring that they have plenty of cool water to drink and shade in which to rest.
-Never leave a child or animal unattended in a vehicle for any length of time, especially on a hot day. During the summer, vehicles can become dangerously hot, even if the windows are left open.
State health officials say even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. Doing too much out in the sun or an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Officials urge you to stay tuned to your local weather and news or contact your local health department for health and safety updates.
Listen to Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott discuss heat-related safety tips.
The Family Life Center in Jackson Center will be open beginning Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as a cooling center. It will remain open if temperatures stay above 90 degrees or as needed.
The Hoffman Pool (pictured) in Bellefontaine is offering "Dollar Day" Thursday. Admission is just $1; the pool is open from 12:15 to 8:00.
You can also visit the website of the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s web page at www.fema.gov/areyouready/heat.shtm or the Ohio Department of Health’s website at www.odh.ohio.gov for additional information on avoiding heat-related illnesses during the heat and humidity.