Cuyahoga County Shares Safety Tips to Beat the H.E.A.T.

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Cuyahoga County recognizes National Heat Awareness Day on May 23

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – Extreme Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Since 2003, more than 30 people annually have died from heat stroke. The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges awareness of the dangers of upcoming heat emergencies for National Heat Awareness Day on May 23, 2014.

Safety tips to beat the H.E.A.T. include:
  • Hydrate. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, especially outdoors.
  • Educate yourself. Know your local weather and heat index forecasts. Take actions to stay cool. Know the warning signs of a heat illness.
  • Act quickly. When heat illness is suspected, seek medical attention immediately for any of these warning signs: cramping, rapid pulse, heavy sweating, hot red skin, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and/or vomiting.
  • Take it easy. Avoid overexertion when working or exercising outdoors, especially between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Take hourly breaks in the shade or air conditioning.
Hot temperatures and high humidity greatly increase the likelihood of heat disorders. Knowing the differences between Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke can save lives.
  • Heat Cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Non-life threatening.
  • Heat Exhaustion occurs when people overexert themselves in hot and humid conditions. If untreated, heat exhaustion may cause heat stroke.
  • Heat Stroke, or Sun Stroke, damages the body’s temperature control systems. A victim can suffer brain damage or death without proper medical care. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, the environment, and the economy.  For additional information, contact us at 216-443-5700 or online at