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Senior Citizen's Guide to Southwest Ohio

Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses

Summer is upon us and that usually means record-high temperatures. The extreme heat can be especially dangerous to older adults causing sunburn, dehydration and even heat stroke. According to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, more than 6,000 Americans are hospitalized for heat exposure every summer. Severe heat exposure occurs when body temperatures rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

To keep you and your family safe from heat related illnesses, follow these simple steps:

Taking these simple steps will help to reduce your risk for heat related illnesses, making your summer a more enjoyable one! However, if you are ever in doubt and think you may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from:

More extreme heat stroke may cause:

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