Excessive Heat Warning
Extreme heat index making it feel very hot, typically above 105 °F (41 °C) for 3 hours or more during the day for two consecutive days or above 115 °F (46 °C) at any time.
A heat advisory means that a period of unusually high temperatures is expected. The combination of excessive heat and humidity will create a situation in which heat related illnesses and fatalities are possible. Extreme heat index making it feel hot, typically between 105 °F to 115 °F for up to 3 hours during the day and at or above 80 °F at night for two consecutive nights.
What Health Officials Suggest for Hot, Humid Days
- Drink plenty of water – don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible (movie theaters, malls, etc.) if you do not have it at home.
- Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar; they will dehydrate you.
- Eat light meals.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
- Stay in the shade.
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Check on neighbors if they are older, in poor health or live alone.
- Pet owners should make sure animals have plenty of water and a place to get out of the sun.
Source: City of Columbus
Air Quality Forecast
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Air Quality Program seeks to address our region’s growing air quality issues and inform, educate and alert individuals, businesses and organizations of the actions they can take to reduce air pollution.
Asthma sufferers are particularly impacted by air pollution. One in 12 U.S. residents, or approximately 25 million persons, currently has asthma. Air pollution caused by industrial emissions and automobile exhaust can trigger an asthma attack. Planning activities for times when air pollution levels will be low can help asthma sufferers avoid attacks.
Persons with asthma are not the only ones susceptible to the effects of air pollution. According to the EPA, the average adult breathes >3,000 gallons of air every day. Children breathe even more air per kilogram of body mass and are more susceptible to air pollution. Millions of U.S. residents live in areas where urban smog, very small particles, and toxic pollutants pose serious health concerns. People exposed to high enough levels of certain air pollutants might experience burning in their eyes, an irritated throat, or breathing difficulties. Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause cancer and long-term damage to the immune, neurologic, reproductive and respiratory systems. In extreme cases, it even can cause death.
Here are a number of initiatives to help improve our air quality:
- Don’t let vehicles idle unnecessarily.
- Consider using public transportation.
- Consider car pooling.
- Do not burn outdoor yard waste.
- If you heat your home with wood fireplaces/stoves; burn only dry, clean wood using proper techniques for burning.
- Drive less; combine your errands.
- Wait to travel during cooler evening hours, if possible.
- Don’t paint or use aerosol sprays until temperatures cool off.
- Wait for cooler morning or late-evening hours to refuel your vehicle.
- Collectively, small steps taken by everybody can lead to significant benefits for our health and environment.