Severance Kaiser Permanente Offering Free Water, Place to Cool Down
The Cleveland Heights medical center is helping residents beat the heat.
Kaiser Permanente is offering Cleveland Heights residents a place to chill out as highs continue to soar in the 90s today, July 6.
The medical center at 10 Severance Circle in Severance Town Center will offer people free water and a place to cool down until 8 p.m. Friday.
“We care about the communities we serve. Many residents don’t have air conditioning in their homes. This heat wave can have serious health consequences and people need to stay hydrated and cool,” said Ron Adams, M.D., Kaiser Permanente physician, in a press release.
Here's some more information about the difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke from Adams:
People need to know the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency, requiring emergency medical treatment. It occurs when the body fails to regulate its own temperature, and body temperature continues to rise. Symptoms of heatstroke include mental changes (such as confusion, delirium, or unconsciousness) and skin that is red, hot, and dry, even under the armpits.
Classic heatstroke can develop without exertion when a person is exposed to a hot environment and the body is unable to cool itself effectively. In this type of heatstroke, the body's ability to sweat and transfer the heat to the environment is reduced. A person with heatstroke may stop sweating. Classic heatstroke may develop over several days. Babies, older adults, and people with chronic health problems have the greatest risk of this type of heatstroke.
Exertional heatstroke may develop when a person is working or exercising in a hot environment. A person with heatstroke from exertion may sweat profusely, but the body still produces more heat than it can lose. This causes the body's temperature to rise to high levels.
Both types of heatstroke cause severe dehydration and can cause body organs to stop functioning.
Heat exhaustion occurs when you are hot, sweat a lot, and do not drink enough to replace the lost fluids. Heat exhaustion is not the same as heatstroke, which is much more serious.