Gov. Kasich and state officials offer safety tips for extreme heat

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Governor John Kasich and state officials are urging Ohioans to be safe in the extreme heat on Saturday.

As always, the best defense against heat-related problems is prevention. Citizens are urged to stay cool, drink plenty of cold, non-alcoholic fluids and wear loose, light clothing.

Officials are also warning of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Babies and children up to 4 years old, adults 65 years old or older and people who are overweight, ill or over-exert during exercise are among those at highest risk for heat stroke or exhaustion.

The symptoms for heat exhaustion include paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, paleness, headache, nausea and fainting. Heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition, which includes a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, red, hot and dry skin with no sweating, rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness and gray skin color. If you think someone is suffering from a heat stroke, call for medical assistance immediately and cool the victim in a cool bath, if possible.

Ohioans are urged to limit outdoor activities to the early morning or evening when the sun isn't as direct. State officials are asking reminding citizens to keep their pets cool and give them plenty of fresh water. People aged 65 years or older are encouraged to drink more water, take cool showers or baths and stay in air-conditioned buildings.

"Check on those that you know and those that you love and help them out," said Gov. Kasich. "If you see any problems, dial 911. It's going to be brutally hot today – let's stay focused."

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