PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A top official with the Philadelphia health department says Phillies’ pitcher Roy Halladay’s bout with heat exhaustion earlier this week raised awareness about the dangers to everyone of these triple-digit temperatures.

Dr. Caroline Johnson, director of disease control for the Philadelphia Department of Health, has been among those preaching the importance of precautions during this heat wave.

But she believes nothing is more effective in getting that message through than people seeing Roy Halladay removed from a game this week because of apparent heat exhaustion (see related story).

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“I do think that experience, seeing one of our favorite pitchers on the mound suffering from heat (issues), probably is an educational wake-up call,” Dr. Johnson told KYW Newsradio today.

And Dr. Johnson will repeat the advice you’ve heard: drink plenty of liquids, seek out fans and air conditioners, and for homes without air conditioning, leave the windows open.

For more information, contact the city’s “Heatline” at 215-765-9040.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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