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Sizzling summer

Heat advisory continues through Friday

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ABOVE: Bart Bergstedt worked up a sweat Tuesday working on concrete sidewalks and curbs along Madriver Street as part of a crew with Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk. The contractor was finishing work that is Bellefontaine’s part of a state project to repave the northbound bypass for U.S. Route 68 through the downtown. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST) FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Jeremy Ford takes a drink of water to beat the heat while his co-worker Steven Schetter points out a spot that needs attention on the roof they were tearing off a Superior Street home Tuesday afternoon for McClain Construction. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The National Weather Service has continued a hazardous weather outlook through Friday as a result of hot temperatures and high humidity that will combine for a heat index approaching 100 degrees, placing individuals at an increased health risk.

“These conditions make it necessary for residents to have heightened awareness of the danger and risk associated with heat exposure,” Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said in a release.

Officials from the Logan County Health District say heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses will be possible during the time of the advisory, especially for those who spend a significant amount of time outdoors or are involved in any strenuous outdoor activity.

Signs of heat exhaustion include nausea, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and dizziness.

Symptoms of heat stroke can progress suddenly and rapidly without warning and include high body temperature, the absence of sweating with red or flushed dry skin, difficulty breathing, hallucinations and disorientation. Seek medical attention immediately.

The health district offers the following tips to dealing with the heat warnings:

• Wear loose fitting and light colored clothing.

• Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration, and eat light meals.

• Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 1 and 6 p.m. Residents are advised to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, if possible.

• Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

• Remember that the elderly, the infirm and the very young are most susceptible to heat-related health problems. Be sure to check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

• Make provisions for pets and animals by ensuring they have plenty of cool water to drink and shade in which to rest.

• Never leave a child or animal unattended in a vehicle for any length of time, especially on a hot day. During the summer, vehicles can become dangerously hot, even if the windows are left open.

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