Briefs: How to be safe in the summer heat
RPH: Stay safe in the summer heat
MANSFIELD - Richland Public Health is offering summer weather safety tips. A full list of tips is available online at RichlandHealth.org/personal/summer-safety.
• Pets: Animals kept outdoors should have plenty of fresh water and a covered area.
• Heat exhaustion: Signs include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and fainting. People experiencing these symptoms should be moved to a cool, shady or air-conditioned area, and provided cool, non-alcoholic beverages.
• Heat stroke: Is a potentially life-threatening condition, characterized by a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness; and gray skin color. People experiencing heat stroke need immediate medical assistance. Before help arrives, begin cooling the victim by any means possible.
• Monitor/limit outdoor activity: Plan outdoor activities for early morning or evening; wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing; and mandate frequent breaks for children playing outdoors, bringing them indoors for a cool drink.
• Cool, not cold: Active people should drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Avoid fluids that contain alcohol or caffeine.
Summer Crisis Program underway
MANSFIELD - The Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months.
The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1 until Aug. 31.
The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (age 60 or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health. Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.
For program details, call the Area Agency on Aging at 800-860-5799. For more information about energy assistance programs call 800-282-0880 weekdays — hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance — and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.