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11 ways to stay safe (and cool) during this heat wave

Be careful out there!

CLEVELAND — It’s hot outside. Dangerously hot.

As the actual air temperatures top 90 degrees again Thursday, the humidity factor will crank the heat index upwards of 100 degrees throughout Northeast Ohio.

With a Heat Advisory in place throughout most of Northeast Ohio, the city of Cleveland has issued a list of reminders on staying safe – and cool – during this heat wave:

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes during hot weather.
  • Cover your head with a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
  • Keep cool in the shade. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit cool areas.
  • Always check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are seniors or have young children.
  • Keep an eye on pets! Make sure pets have access to plenty of shade and have plenty of water. Be careful when walking pets on asphalt, as sensitive pet paws can burn on hot surfaces.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
  • Keep an eye out for air quality alerts during excessive heat. Populations with existing respiratory conditions -- such as asthma, COPD or lung cancer, as well as vulnerable populations such as the elderly and youth - are at risk due to increased air pollution during excessive heat. Call the Air Quality Hotline at 216-664-7442 or visit airnow.gov for daily updates.
  • Consider refraining from activities that contribute to poor air quality during excessive heat waves including mowing your lawn, refueling your vehicle, open burning of any kind and unnecessary driving trips.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Do not open fire hydrants for any reason. An open hydrant can reduce the amount of water available at another hydrant during an emergency.