CINCINNATI -- Sweltering temperatures paired with high humidity levels could lead to a heat advisory for the Tri-State and pose some serious health risks.
In a Wednesday news release, the Ohio Department of Health urged young children, individuals with chronic medical conditions and the elderly to take the necessary precautions and monitor outdoor activity to avoid heat-related illnesses.
If you do not have anywhere to go during the day, you can visit a cooling center — an air-conditioned space open to the public — in the Cincinnati area .
— Jason Adams (@JasonWCPO) July 20, 2016
In 2015, nine people across the state of Ohio died as a result of extreme heat, according to Ohio Department of Health.
The heat index is expected to soar to 106 degrees by Friday, increasing the risk for health problems, according to Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio.
"This type of heat can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you don’t take precautions, so be sure to drink plenty of water and remember to keep cool,” DiOrio said in the news release. “Because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death.”
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The Ohio Department of Health recommended increasing fluid intake and monitoring or limiting outdoor activities to beat the heat.
In the midst of a heat wave, children and pets left in vehicles are at risk for heat-related illnesses or death as the interior temperature of a car can rise up to 20 degrees in just ten minutes.
How to identify and treat a heat stroke:
- Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Call 911 immediately.
- Symptoms include a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; red, hot dry or moist skin, rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness.
- Cool the person by any means possible, such as spraying person with water from a garden hose or by placing the person in a cool tub of water.
A number of outdoor events are coming up this weekend, so anyone attending the following events should take the above precautions:
- Cincinnati Music Festival: Thursday-Saturday, Paul Brown Stadium
- Cincy Soul: Saturday 11-6, Fifth Street, Downtown
- Bootyard Bash: Friday-Saturday, Washington Park
- Aretha Franklin: Sunday, 8 p.m., Riverbend Music Center