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The Suburbanite
  • Heat index climbing; here are some tips to keep cool

  • The temperature is rising and the National Weather Service, the Red Cross and disaster officials are advising people to stay cool.

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  • Just before noon, the temperature recorded at the Akron-Canton Airport was 89 degrees with a heat index of 97, according to the National Weather Service.
    The weather service’s Cleveland office issued a hazardous weather statement Tuesday announcing that the afternoon and evening heat-index values will rise into the mid and upper 90s Tuesday.
    “Those working outdoors should use hot weather precautions,” the weather service said on its website.
    The conditions will be in the upper 90s “through Friday and probably top 100 in some locations,” the weather service said, noting that a heat advisory will be issued should the index reach 100 degrees.
    The heat index is the “measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.”
    The temperature was expected to reach 92 degrees in Stark County Tuesday before falling to an overnight low of 71 and then rising again Wednesday to 92.
    Spokespersons for Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Centers said they had not had any influx of patients seeking treatment for heat-related illnesses and the American Red Cross and Stark County Emergency Management Agency had not opened any shelters for people seeking to get cool.
    But the organization and the agency were concerned.
    The American Red Cross says elderly people and children are “most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses,” and they’re asking people to take extra precautions, said Becky Bernhard, communications specialist with the Canton chapter. She pointed out in a news release Tuesday the temperature inside a car can quickly reach 120 degrees, leaving children and pets in danger, and, she said, “heat stroke is life-threatening.”
    Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist, changes in consciousness, vomiting and high body temperature.”
    She advised anyone who notices someone suffering signs of heat stroke to dial 911.
    Other tips to avoid heat issues include the following:
    • Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
    • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
    • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
    • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
    • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
    • Check on those who do not have air conditioning.
    • Check on animals frequently and ensure they have plenty of shade and cool water.
    • People without air conditioning should go to places such as malls, libraries or theaters during the warmest part of the day.
    Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or lori.monsewicz@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @lmonsewiczREP