Extreme Heat in the Forecast; Cuyahoga County Shares Heat-Related Safety Tips for Older Adults and Residents

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Mary Louise Madigan: (216) 698-2521; mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us 


CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – Temperatures in Cuyahoga County are expected to reach the mid-90s this week, with “feels like” temperatures in the triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which provides information and resources to residents about extreme weather, stresses the danger of high temperatures and the chances for developing heat related illnesses.

Knowing the difference between heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can save lives.

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Heat cramps are non-life threatening.

Heat exhaustion occurs when people overexert themselves in hot and humid conditions. If untreated, heat exhaustion may cause a victim to suffer a heat stroke.

Heat stroke, also known as sun stroke, damages the body’s temperature control system, which regulates perspiration. A victim experiencing heat stroke can suffer brain damage or death if they do not receive proper medical care.

Residents can use the helpful Beat the H.E.A.T. acronym to stay cool during high temperatures.

  • Hydrate. Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated. Drink 4-6 ounces of liquid every 15-20 minutes of activity.
  • Educate yourself. Know your local weather, temperature, and heat index forecasts.
  • Act quickly when a 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, vomiting.
  • Take it easy. Anyone working or exercising outdoors should avoid overexertion and take hourly breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.

As temperatures rise, the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) reminds older persons that they are at a higher risk of falling ill during the summer months.

There are several precautions older adults can take to be safe this summer. Check cooling systems to ensure they are working properly. If utilities are a concern, the County can connect residents with resources that can assist with summer energy bills, so no one is left to make the difficult decision whether to pay cooling bills or purchase food.

For information on how the County can help, call 216-420-6700.

Office of Emergency Management Extreme Heat At-A-Glance