Beating the heat

Elderly people, young children and those with medical conditions are at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to Columbus health officials.

As temperatures rise into the 90s, they suggest the following:

- Drink plenty of water; don't wait until you are thirsty.

- Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. Go to movie theaters, malls, etc., if you do not have an air conditioner.

- Avoid beverages containing 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

- Look for signs of heat-related illness: dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin.

Except for wearing light-colored clothing, none of these things sounds like much fun. But, hey, take it from the Reno Sheriff's Department: Keep it real. Real safe.

Several organizations around Columbus are offering programs to beat the heat. More info is available here.

Fun stuff after the jump...

Beating the heat

Elderly people, young children and those with medical conditions are at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to Columbus health officials.

As temperatures rise into the 90s, they suggest the following:

- Drink plenty of water; don't wait until you are thirsty.

- Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible. Go to movie theaters, malls, etc., if you do not have an air conditioner.

- Avoid beverages containing 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

- Look for signs of heat-related illness: dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin.

Except for wearing light-colored clothing, none of these things sounds like much fun. But, hey, take it from the Reno Sheriff's Department: Keep it real. Real safe.

Several organizations around Columbus are offering programs to beat the heat. More info is available here.

Fun stuff after the jump...

Local kayak classes offered in August

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a local group of outdoorsy folk, will offer two kayak classes in August at Alum Creek State Park. The classes are taught by certified members of the American Canoe Association. Class size is limited, so register now.

Contact Beth Tomae at 740-965-4285 for more info.

Quickstart Kayak Class Saturday, August 25 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Cost: $60

This four-hour class teaches beginners the basics of flat-water, recreational kayaking. Prepare to get wet.

Kayak Rescue Class Sunday, August 26 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost: $30

Students will learn basic rescue techniques - both self and assisted tactics. Instruction and on-water practice will be included. Quickstart class or equivalent required.