Mary Alice Reporting –

The heat index is expected to be high over the next couple of days and the Ohio Department of Health is reminding of safety precautions.

As part of a Monday press conference, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff’s opening remarks noted the extreme humidity that is expected.

He asks everyone to take extra steps to reduce the risks of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, with those more at risk including children aged 2 and under and those 65 and older.

“The symptoms of heat exhaustion can include dizziness, headache, nausea, a fast weak pulse, and cold clammy skin. If you experience such symptoms, move to a cool place, loosen your clothes, sip water, and apply cold cloths. If your symptoms persist or worsen, please, seek medical help right away.”

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that’s in effect until 9pm Wednesday. Heat index values are expected to reach in the 100’s.

Ways to beat the heat includes staying out of the sun and staying indoors as much as possible.

“Drinking plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty, scheduling outdoor activities very carefully. If you’re outside for any length of time, make sure to wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen, and pace yourself.”

Vanderhoff adds to never leave children or pets in cars. As for animals, be sure they have clean, cool water and a shady place to go to.

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