CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A combination of high temperatures and humidity will push heat index values to around 100 degrees this weekend. When it's that hot, heat exhaustion is possible, along with cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke.
Before you go outside, check up on these ways to prevent heat-related illness from the CDC.
- Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler.
- If you must be out in the heat, limit activity to morning and evening hours and cut down on physical exercise. Protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
Rising temps can also take a toll on your vehicle. Here's a list of six tips to avoid overheating your car.
- Watch out for signs that your engine is overheating: The best indication is to check the temperature gauge on your dashboard. If it appears that it’s running hot, the first thing you should do is turn the heat on high so it can draw the heat away from the engine.
- Know the right ratio of water to antifreeze in coolant: Engine coolant must have the proper mixture of water and antifreeze to keep operating temperatures below the boiling point.
- Have your cooling system checked and serviced: It’s always a good idea to make sure your car’s fluids are at proper levels before getting into the extreme temperatures of summer.
- Have your battery checked: Heat can take a toll on battery life. As your car’s battery gets more wear and tear, it’s more likely to break down in extreme temperatures.
- Keep a roadside safety kit in your vehicle: Proper tire changing equipment, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and bottled water are a few things you need to have ready in case of a breakdown.
- Don’t forget your oil and air filters: Regular oil changes will help dissipate heat in the engine. Engines that are low on oil work harder and reduce overall efficiency. Clean air filters also play a role in efficiency; they help the engine breathe and restore gas mileage.