CINCINNATI - The start of the summer began with scorching temperatures and the Cincinnati Health Department released ways to keep you and your family cool and safe.
Wednesday, volunteers at Vineyard Church in Springdale spent the hot day outside passing out free water to help people in the Tri-State stay hydrated.
"We just want to be able to express that we think about people and the things that go on in our lives even if it's just being thirsty on a hot day," said Katherine Sparky, a volunteer with Vineyard Church. "Oh, it's perfect timing it seems to be every year, because we sponsor this event every year and have at least up to 700 teenagers coming out, we'll be doing this all week long."
Rocky Merz with the Cincinnati Health Department says those who are elderly, children and have chronic diseases are the most at risk for heat exhaustion.
"It's very important that to keep yourself hydrated, limited your use of alcoholic beverages, stay indoors in air conditioning or in a cool basement particularly during the hot hours of the day," Merz explained.
To avoid heat stress or heat related illness, Cincinnati citizens are advised to take the following precautions:
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