The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the next several days, expecting 90 plus degree temperatures for our area, with heat index values into the 100's. This type of heat is extremely dangerous for everyone but if you take psychiatric medication you should be extra cautious. The Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services (OHMAS) Division released a 2023 brochure with addition information. It is available HERE.
Here are some additional actions The National Weather Service suggests to keep yourself safe:
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should NEVER be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission will be open to the public during regular business hours for cooling purposes. You do not need to be a member to utilize this service. CLICK HERE for details and a complete list of locations and hours. You can also call 513-352-4000 for more information.
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If you need help with paying your utility bill this summer or purchasing a fan or repairing central air, you might qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. LEARN MORE HERE.
Please stay safe during this unprecedented heat wave.