Mary Alice Reporting –

A heat wave is hitting the local area and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning and hit advisor for Thursday and into Friday.

Ohioans are asked to take precautions and recognize the signs of heat-related illness.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, an average of more than 600 people die nationwide from heat-related causes.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends drinking cool fluids, like water and not drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.

Outdoors activities should be limited when possible. Those going out are advised to wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing, and move to shade or an air conditioned building is heat related symptoms occur, such as a fast, weak pulse, clammy skin, nausea, or weakness.

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