Heat Wave Safety Tips
With local temperatures forecasted to stay in the 90s throughout the weekend we wanted to take the opportunity to share some tips for staying healthy and safe during a heat wave.
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity.
What To Do During a Heat Wave
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (WATER!) even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, caffeinated beverages and hot, spicy foods that can make dehydration worse.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Try eating more cold foods like salads and fruits. They contain water and are more refreshing in hot weather than hot foods.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from natural fibers, like cotton or linen. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Wear a hat or take an umbrella with you for shade if you’re outside on a hot day.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.