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.

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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.

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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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