MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio- The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency reminds individuals to be cautious when out in the heat, as temperatures look to be in the upper 80’s and 90 degree range the next couple weeks.
Muskingum County EMA Director Jeff Jadwin wants individuals to be aware of the warm front approaching. He said a few key points people should note when they’re outside is to always stay hydrated, protect your skin and wear cool colored and light clothing.
“Also, you want to look out for your family members and your neighbors. There may be an elderly neighbor that doesn’t have air conditioning or may not have a fan and they need a fan or just need somebody to check in on them. We want people to pay attention to everyone around them. It could be your grandmother or grandfather that lives in a different town and you want someone to look after them,” Jadwin said.
Jadwin added that ambulance services and fire departments see a lot of heat exhaustion and are often called out to several heat related incidents.
“The big thing is that it depends on the humidity. If the humidity goes up, it makes it much worse. People need to be concerned with that and watch for the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If you’re sweating profusely and then it suddenly stops, that’s a good indication that you need medical attention,” Jadwin said.
The EMA also reminds individuals with pets to keep an eye out on them and make sure they have plenty of water and shade when they are outside.