Reds to help fans beat the heat during Wednesday's heat emergency

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For the second straight day, the city of Cincinnati is under a heat emergency.

Heat emergencies are declared by the City of Cincinnati's Health Department when temperature are expected to reach or exceed 95 degrees.

The hot weather is sure to affect Reds fans who are headed to Great American Ball Park for a day game against the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds are helping fans beat the heat by providing free cups of water and ice at concessions stands. Three air conditioned "cool rooms" will be in operation with televisions and free sunscreen can be found at all first aid stations. Fans will also be permitting to bring in open bottles of water.

The City encourages everyone to take proper safety precautions out in the heat.

Every Cincinnati Recreation center is open Wednesday and will serve as a cool center for those who need it.

A full list of Cincinnati recreation centers is available by clicking here.

To avoid heat stress or heat related illness, take the following precautions:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase a person's risk to heat related illnesses.
  • Decrease physical activity such as yard work or exercise. Activities should occur on the morning or in the evening.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Individuals with chronic health problems, such as heart disease or lung problems, should minimize activities because the heat will add additional stress.
  • Extra caution should be taken for the elderly and young infants and children to assure that they are protected from the heat.
  • Individuals on medications should check with their doctor or pharmacist to see if the medicines put them at increased risk of heat related illness. Check on those who may need assistance.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothing.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Adjust blinds, shades and awnings to keep the sun out.
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles. Temperatures quickly rise to dangerous levels.
  • Use air conditioning, or spend time in a cool basement. Many facilities such as libraries, malls, movie theaters and other public areas are air-conditioned. Keep in mind fans are only effective when they are bringing in cool air. When the relative humidity is high, the evaporative cooling of sweat is diminished.

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